The drama department at The Ruth Gorse Academy has two simple aims:

– To nurture confident, disciplined communicators who are able to collaborate, creatively solve problems, empathise and work successfully with a wide range of people.

– To develop skills and knowledge of acting, theatrical traditions, genres, practitioners and playwrights.

“Even if we never visit the theatre, the subject of drama impinges upon our lives, every day of our lives, leaping out at us from newspapers, loudspeakers, film screens and television sets, informing the way we think and the way we feel.”
–  Hornbrook, D. (1998). On the Subject of Drama. London: Routledge.


All students are invited to audition to be in a full school production produced annually before the Christmas break. Additionally, students are encouraged to take part in the Gorse Shakespeare Festival.


Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Focus: Genre/ PractitionerBrief Title: Silent Movies  Focus: ScriptBrief Title: Page to Performance Focus: DevisingBrief Title: Murder Mystery
Students will:Explore the genre of Silent Movies- Develop skill to rehearse, perform and reflect- Perform and film their own Silent Movie Students will:- Develop understanding of how a script works- Explore different types of script i.e TV, film and theatre- Experience a range of methods to bring a script to life Students will:- Use a range of drama techniques to investigate a real murder- Explore different methods to structure drama- Create and perform a dramatisation of their ideas
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Focus: Genre/ Practitioner
Brief Title: Genre Spotlight
Focus: Script
Brief Title: Romeo and Juliet
Focus: Devising
Brief Title: Frankenstein
Students will:

  • Practically explore and develop knowledge of the main elements of several different dramatic genre including Science-Fiction, Horror, Melodrama and Soap Opera.
  • Outline the main elements of a dramatic genre in a presentation with practical examples.
Students will:

  • Identify the themes of Romeo and Juliet with consideration of their relevance today.
  • Develop confidence to understand Shakespearian language and bring it to life.
  • Rehearse and perform a polished piece of text.
Students will:

  • Use a range of abstract drama techniques to explore the story of Frankenstein.
  • Explore different methods to structure abstract drama.
  • Create and perform a dramatisation of their ideas