Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

Year 9 Drama

 

Stage Combat

1 – Work Safely

Make sure the space is clear of any objects that may cause injury. Loose clothing and jewellery must be removed, ties tucked in or taken off, etc.
Pupils need to be made aware of the risks of this style of theatre and therefore consequences if the correct behaviour is not displayed
A sensible, focused and calm atmosphere needs to be established before any stage combat work can commence
Warm up at the start of the lesson to avoid injury

2 – Being in control of your body

Self-discipline. There are no REAL acts of violence happening on the stage
Pupils need to be spatially aware of themselves, their partners and other students working close to them
Measuring the distance between each other to ensure moves are non-contact
Making sure to use reserved strength when executing moves

3 – Focused

Concentration at all times
Working quietly
Listening for instructions from the teacher

4 – Trusting your partner

Trust exercises will build up good relationships within the group

5 – Eye Contact

Pairs must retain eye contact throughout moves to avoid accidents or injury

6 – Rehearsing

Practice moves in slow motion at first
Gradually build up speed when confident and competent

 

Physical Theatre

Students will have just completed the physical theatre scheme of work ‘Stage Combat’ from which they will have a basic knowledge of the classroom rules of physical work and the demands that this makes on the body. They will know that it is important to warm up and be aware of the health and safety implications of physical drama. Learning will develop in to practitioner-specific methodology and the students will be given the opportunity to explore the theories of three leading twentieth century companies in practice.

Aims

By the end of this unit of work, students will be able to…

  • Develop knowledge of theatre practitioners.
  • Understand how to communicate meaning to an audience through movement.
  • Apply the methods and performance strategies of one or more twentieth century theatre practitioner to a performance.
  • Work effectively in groups, pairs and as an individual.
  • Respond to theatre and performance with a critical eye, offering targets and development strategies to further consolidate practical skills and understanding.

Outcomes

Students will be able to achieve the following...

  • Name at least one twentieth century theatre practitioner.
  • Create a short physical theatre performance
  • Use devising strategies such the chair duet
  • Explore scripts
  • Share ideas and listen to comments made by peers
  • Fill in scheme booklets with weekly targets to develop

 

Bouncers and Shakers

Having just completed the schemes ‘Stage Combat’ and ‘Physical Theatre’, students will have a good knowledge of the classroom rules of physical work and the demands this makes on the body. They will know that it is appropriate to warm up and of the health and safety implications of physical drama. Learning will develop from practitioner-based practice into its application in scripted drama. The text of study, John Godber’s ‘Bouncers and Shakers’ is a text designed to be performed using methods such as jump role, exaggeration and gender stereotyping. In the words of Godber “a performance style that depends as much on energy as it does technique. Fast, clean and rhythmic movements are married with acute and natural social observations.”

Aims

By the end of this unit of work, students will be able to…

  • Develop knowledge of the play ‘Bouncers’ By John Godber
  • Understand how to approaching scripts in rehearsal and how to read them for meaning
  • Explore scripted work, developing practical knowledge of characterisation, subtext and jump role
  • Work effectively in groups, pairs and as an individual.
  • Respond to theatre and performance with a critical eye, offering targets and development strategies to further consolidate practical skills and understanding.

Outcomes

Students will be able to achieve the following...

  • Have read and understood sections of the play ‘Bouncers and Shakers’
  • Develop a short scripted performance
  • Explored the interpretation of scripted dialogue and how to present this for a comic effect to the audience
  • Explore scripts, jump role, characterisation and stereotyping
  • Share ideas and listen to the comments made by peers
  • Fill in scheme booklets with weekly targets to develop