In the Fourth (Year 7) we aim to teach the students how to create their own pieces of drama with the strategies and mediums that are the building blocks of the creative and developmental process. They will work collaboratively in groups in order to produce small pieces of work.

In Upper Fourth (Year 8) the focus shifts to Naturalistic drama and students will be looking at elements of Stanislavski’s system. They will also cover Physical Theatre and the work of various theatre practitioners. The physical and vocal elements are brought together in a final practical project based on a fable from around the world.

In Lower Fifth (Year 9) we aim to give the students a ‘potted’ version of the current GCSE specification which includes elements of research and evaluation and analysis.

The Fifth and Upper Fifth GCSE course comprises three components:

  • Understanding Drama – a written exam covering the work of theatre makers in a live performance and the study of one set play;
  • Creating Devised Drama – a devised piece created entirely by the students, along with a 2,500-word devising log explaining the development of the piece and justifying and evaluating their creative decisions;
  • Texts in Practice – The exploration and performance of two extracts from the same play.

The one-year AS course in Six One comprises two components:

  • Interpreting Drama – a two-hour written paper assessing the student’s knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre through study of one set play and live theatre evaluation;
  • Process and Performance - the practical exploration & theatricalinterpretation of TWO extracts each taken from a different play, along with a 2,500-word Portfolio justifying the interpretation of both extracts.

The two year course for Year 12 and Year 13 is a separate entity and comprises:

  • Knowledge and Understanding of Drama and Theatre – a three-hour written paper assessing the student’s knowledge and understanding of two set plays and live theatre evaluation;
  • Creating Original Drama – Creation and performance of devised drama influenced by the methodology of one practitioner plus a 3,000-word working notebook of supporting evidence;
  • Making Theatre – Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each from a different play, accompanied by a reflective report analysing the exploration and interpretation of all three extracts.

Head of Department

Fiona Lennon

Fiona LennonFiona trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to do an MA at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Kings College London.

She has been Head of Drama in both the state and independent sector including at The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells and is also the lead mentor for Drama for Kent and Medway teacher training.

Fiona joined Benenden at the start of 2019.

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