Drama in Coleraine College aims to foster students’ creativity and develop their confidence and sense of self.
Through out the Key Stage 3 curriculum, students undergo a range of learning experiences which allow them to explore themselves, and the world in which they live. A range of forms and mediums of drama are taught, including: mask work, mime and movement, forum theatre, theatre in education, pantomime, physical theatre, improvisation, script development, Shakespearean, and other dramatic concepts.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum provides a further in-depth knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre works within a safe and supportive environment. We explore a variety of issues which give them a heightened awareness of the social, political and historical world we live. A variety of practitioners and theatre genres are studied allowing students to work collaboratively to control and develop drama which produces clear and insightful meaning.
GCSE Drama comprises of 2 Papers. Paper 1 includes two units of examined improvisation workshops, supported by a 6 x A3 page portfolio for each unit, written under controlled assessment. Paper 2 allows students in a group to construct their own piece of drama for performance for an external examiner. Each piece should last approximately 30 minutes and can be either scripted or student devised, or a mixture of both.
The Drama department also organises a variety of trips to the theatre which includes Grand Old Opera House, Waterfront
Each year the department works closely with Music in producing a school production. GCSE also have the opportunity to showcase their work each year to parents and friends.
Coleraine College promotes Drama as a positive, safe, academic and social environment which facilitates opportunities to creatively and expressively explore and develop an understanding of themselves, others and the world in which they live; fostering human relations, a sense of responsibility, organisation, creativity, courage, and the search for meaning and beauty in all walks and frames of life.