Welcome to the Drama department at Buile Hill Visual Arts College! The ancient Greeks believed theatres were a place of healing for the soul; and, at Buile Hill Visual Arts College we believe Drama has immense value as part of the curriculum on offer at our school. As a creative subject, it is a space to develop key skills that will help you as an individual in all areas of your life: self-confidence, imagination, cooperation/collaboration, communication, problem solving, self-discipline, and cultural-social awareness. From Year 7 through to GCSE we offer extensive extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities through clubs, performance evenings, primary liaisons, workshops, theatre visits and cross-curricular residential events.
At KS3 students have one lesson a week during Year 7 and 8. The topics ensure that pupils will gain dramatic skills while having fun! In Year 7 we start with an ‘Introduction to Drama’ and learn how to use the performer’s instrument: voice, body and brain. Students in Year 7 have a chance to explore issues like bullying and discovering why dragons were in Liverpool! In Year 8 the pupils learn about the history of Drama covering the Romans, Commedia Dell’ Arte, Victorian Melodrama, Murder Mystery’s and Improvisation.
At GCSE which begins in Year 9 we begin to delve deeper into the theatrical world. Students develop a working understanding on theatrical practitioners like Stanislavski and Brecht. They look at the impact of the dramatic piece on the audience; consider how the elements and mediums of Drama work in tandem with dramatic techniques in order to make an audience aware of social issues. The course we follow is Edexcel. Students with devise a piece from a theme in Unit 1-this year we explored ‘Gangs’. In Unit 2, the pupils will read a play-this year we read, ‘Bouncers and Shakers’.
Drama is an amazing vehicle that allows our students the opportunity to explore and make sense of the world around them. So, if you are an aspiring actor, director, costume designer, make-up artist, set designer or producer, you will be at the right place to begin a brilliant career. If not, our Drama department will equip you with interpersonal skills that will be invaluable no matter where your future leads.