Maria Pereira

Mrs. M. Pereira

Head of Department

‘I regard theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’ Oscar Wilde

To have confidence and to communicate expressively in a way that engages an audience, will open many doors for our students. While some drama students might want to be a budding actor, the study of drama is not limited to the field of Theatre. The skills developed in Drama support the demands of most creative and modern careers. Just think about how performance skills are used in a commercial and competitive world; in a boardroom, on a committee, competing for promotion, doing a sales pitch on the Apprentice!

At Ferndown, the drama studio is a place of challenge where valuable lessons are learned about how to work together and communicate effectively. In creating original plays, young people are given a voice, so others might listen. Honing and developing an appreciation of the playwrights that scan 2500 years, captures our history, our sociological change and the human connection between us all. It is a joy to support students in developing their confidence, their character and their creativity through the study of drama.

The Curriculum

In year 10, students practically explore the theatre practitioners; Stanislavksi, Brecht and Artaud which gives them a good reference source for written work. All students are then involved in a community play to exercise their performance and group skills – the subject matter is inspired by current community issues and or events; this year the community play about ‘Leadership’.
Students then study a published play which is ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell and go and see a live performance, both of which are written about in the Summer written examination. By the end of the year students would have created their first original piece of theatre. Parents are invited to attend all performances throughout the year.
In year 11, Student develop their original piece of theatre for examination and provide a devising log (3,000 words) noting down the research, the journey and rehearsals that leads to their final performance. This is followed by two performances to a visiting examiner. This year students will be selecting their extracts from the blood thirsty play ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare. And finally students go to the theatre once more, in order to give an analysis of the acting and design element in their final examination.

By studying Drama students will develop:
• Your confidence in communicating with imagination and expression
• Your social skills in negotiation and team work
• Your performance skills in producing pieces of drama that engage and enthral your audience
• Your thinking skills about people, feelings, situations, life and the world in which we live

As part of the courses students will:
• See live theatre
• Perform in a Community Play
• Present a monologue
• Showcase examination work
• Work practically in most lessons
• Develop your written analysis of drama work

Choosing drama will be a challenge but it will also be fun and rewarding.
• You will make new friends
• Build your self esteem
• Hear the applause of the audience
• Learn in a way that is different from your other subjects

Facilities and Equipment
Ferndown Upper School has dedicated spaces for rehearsal and drama workshops:
• B1- The Drama Studio is a fully equipped performance space with lighting, sound and blackout.
• Dance Studio – The dance studio is a focused space with a soft line floor, mirrored was and bar.
• Main Stage/Hall – An excellent performance space with lighting, sound and cushioned performance floor.