Modern Drama teaching is a holistic process and champions the need for students to develop strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
The Dramatic process requires students to think creatively; form and express opinions, while offering them a chance to develop leadership and group management skills.
Students study Drama from Years 7 to 9 and are taught in mixed ability tutor groups. The Drama Department teaches a broad spectrum of methodologies through a topic based curriculum. These topics are separated into Cultural, Issue/PSHE based and Historical themes. For the most part, the students engage in Improvisation - devising original pieces of work in small, mixed groups in response to a core stimulus or starting point. “Improvisation”, as the Edexcel syllabus says, “is the core to the whole subject” . At regular intervals the students will also have the opportunity to study published plays, including aspects of Shakespeare.
Students may choose to take GCSE Drama at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and we also offer full A Level courses in Drama and in Theatre Studies. We follow the Edexcel syllabus in both subjects.
As well as following the core curriculum for Drama, the Alice Smith School Drama department also offers extra opportunities to extend the able and provide greater breadth to the students’ experiences of theatre. We organize trips to the theatre, both locally and abroad; provide performing and technical theatre experience with our large scale school productions; we attend annual SEASAC arts festivals; have close ties with local performing arts academies at Enfiniti Academi and the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and we have very close ties with the internationally acclaimed British theatre company “Frantic Assembly” who hold a week long residency at the school every year.