Dunluce School Drama Department has now entered into its 12th year and its popularity continues to grow and flourish.  It operates with one Drama Specialist trained solely in Drama and Theatre Studies.  It is a high achieving successful department

BTEC PA trip to the Riverside

which has a positive, inclusive and hard-working ethos where pupils are continually rewarded for high achievement and effort.  Every pupil is valued regardless of talent or ability.

Drama is part of the Arts Curriculum in Northern Ireland and a vital and integral part of the school life here at Dunluce where the essential life skills it draws out and develops in pupils are used in any sphere of the pupil’s day to day life and are needed for the future in ANY workplace in a world full of competition and challenge.  Connected learning is ever present in links with subjects like English, History and LLW and RE.

What is Drama?
Drama is a social art form where pupils express themselves creatively in and out of role.  It helps pupils explore the world around them by developing characters who find themselves in particular situations and allows pupils to analyse human life and make informed choices and decisions about their own lives as they look at the lives of imaginary characters.   They work continually as part of a team making up scenes, longer Dramas and plays.  Drama has a proven track record of raising self-esteem in young lives and helps to develop good communication skills, confidence, co-operation, co-ordination and a caring attitude towards others.

Key Stage 3
They ‘make’, ‘perform’ and ‘respond’ to their work as part of the three elements of assessment at Key stage 3.  Pupils are expected to work positively and with ANY member of their class to promote positive working relationships and good team-work.  This starts to prepare them from Year 8 for the ‘bigger picture’-the wider world of work.  

Assessment 1
Making-Working Relationships, Using Drama Techniques, Shaping Drama, Imagination

Assessment 2
Performing-Vocal skills, Physical Skills, Character

Assessment 3
Responding-Thinking and Understanding, Drama Vocabulary

Year 8  World War 2 evacuee scenes

The Year 8’s  have been rehearsing their World War 2 evacuee scenes.  The children all got dressed up and were in role with Mrs Moore playing the part of Mrs. Biddington-the Billeting officer.  

You can see some of the pictures here.



BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts
The department offers a Double Award BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Performance) which is the equivalent of TWO GCSE’s.
It is an exciting and challenging course for pupils where the demand is that they work as real actors and directors would in the world of Theatre. 
Again very high expectations but also realistic and achievable targets are set and pupils know where they stand in relation to the ethos and class contract set out.  Currently Year 11’s and 12’s are in the Department Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and this is necessary for continuity of rehearsals and to cover the course.  For all the Performing Arts pupil’s it is a dream for them to be in the Drama Department nearly every day and is a big leap from Key stage 3 Drama where they had a lesson once a week.  This frequency of lessons is definitely a huge attraction for pupils who wish to pursue a career in the Performing Arts or have chosen the subject to link in with another career and use the life skills gained in the Performing Arts in their field of work.

TWO year programme:

UNIT 1-The Development of Drama
UNIT 2-Devising Plays
UNIT 3-Performing Scripted Plays

Mrs L Moore
Head of Drama