Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig




Welcome to the Drama Department 

Head of Drama: Miss Lowri Davies

The aim of the course presented to Key Stage 3 pupils is to develop:

  • confidence
  • literacy in written and oral work
  • an understanding of the body and of the voice
  • the skill of effective collaboration
  • self-discipline
  • the ability to self-assess and peer evaluation

During the year students will develop a number of key skills as well as theatrical and personal skills.

Students will cover a variety of themes that will resonate with aspects of other subjects studied in school. During the year they will be working on units of work that will last between 5 – 8 lessons. The units will include improvisation, writing a script, performing and designing costumes, set and props. They will self-assess their contribution to group work and their performance at the end of each unit.

Year 7:

  • Mime
  • Melodrama
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell


Year 8:

  • Pantomime
  • ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright
  • Greek Theatre


Year 9:

  • Epic Theatre by Bertolt Brecht
  • Theatre in Education


Key Stage 4 – Year 10 and 11

DR1 – Devised Performance (60%)

Task 1 – 40%

Devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre.


Task 2 – 20%

Complete a written report on the practical work they completed in Task One, under formal supervision.



DR2 – Performance from a Text (20%)

Perform a small extract from a published play in front of an external examiner.



DR3 – Written Examination (20%)


Section A

Analyse one set text as studied in year 10 and answer questions from the perspective of an actor, designer and director.


Section B

Evaluation of practical work completed in DR2.



Key Stage 5 – Year 12 and 13

DA1 – Practical Performance 20%

For this unit candidates will either act in a group or contribute their chosen technical production skill to a performance from a set text and a devised piece. They will work on the ideas of two practitioners.

DA2 – Written Paper (2 hour paper) 30%

  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare
  • ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by Dennis Potter
  • Live Theatre Review


DA3 – Performance on a Set Theme 30%

Candidates will be expected to work in response to a theme set by WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. The performance will include:

  • scenes / extracts from a published text
  • a piece devised by the group.

An evaluation of performance work for both pieces will be required.


DA4 – Text in Context (2 ½ hour paper) 20%

  • ‘Electra’ by Sophocles
  • ‘The Threepenny Opera’ by Bertolt Brecht

Directorial analysis of an unseen text.


External Online Resources

Theatre in Wales - http://www.theatre-wales.co.uk/ 

Aberystwyth Arts Centre - http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

Arad Goch - http://www.aradgoch.org/index.php/english 

Welsh National Theatre - http://www.theatr.com/en.aspx

Wales Millennium Centre - http://www.wmc.org.uk/?lang=en


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