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DRAMA GCSE

Mission Statement

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…"

We want to become an established centre of excellence in inspiring young people to engage with and celebrate drama and theatre in all its forms.

In essence we want our students to:

  • Become confident drama practitioners in your own right

  • Appreciate established practitioners and their skills that have influenced theatre over time

  • To engage with and develop positive working relationships with The Alnwick Playhouse

  • To celebrate and produce outstanding performances both professionally and personally

  • To foster a life long love of the performing arts

Courses Offered & Unit Work

GCSE Drama (AQA)

Unit Work

Department Highlights

Our school has a long and very proud tradition of dramatic and musical performance. We offer our students two full productions a year - one in the autumn and the second in the spring. Our autumn show is a dramatic piece usually tied to a text or style of theatre being studied in school whilst our second production is a musical which focuses on developing the musical theatre skills of our students.

Performances take place in the town’s professional theatre - The Alnwick Playhouse - and the school has an outstanding working relationship with the venue. Indeed, our AS/A2 Drama and Theatre courses are delivered from the playhouse on a weekly basis.

Autumn Productions

2000- ‘Our Country’s Good’ - Timberlake Wertenbaker

2001- ‘An Evening With Gary Lineker’- Arthur Smith

2002- ‘The Crucible’- Arthur Miller

2003- ‘1984’- George Orwell

2004- ‘The Clearing’- Helen Edmundson

2005- ‘Pygmalion’- George Bernard Shaw

2006- ‘An Inspector Calls’- J.B Priestley

2007- ‘An Experiment with an Airpump’- Shelagh Stephenson

2008- ‘Our Country’s Good’- Timberlake Wertenbaker

2009- ‘Dracula’- Bram Stoker

2010- ‘Death of a Salesman’- Arthur Miller

2011- ‘The Flint Street Nativity’- Tim Firth

2012- ‘The Crucible’- Arthur Miller

2013- ‘Wuthering Heights’- April De Angelis adapted from Emily Bronte

2014- ‘Cyrano De Bergerac’- Glyn Maxwell adapted from Edmund Rostrond

Spring Productions

2011- ‘We Will Rock You’

2012- ‘Grease’

2013- ‘Back to the 80s’

2014- ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’

2015- ‘Disco Inferno’

Recent Press Cuttings on Performances

Back to the 80's Review

Wuthering Heights Review

Return to the Forbidden Planet Review

See where we perform and deliver all of our performances and our AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies Course

The Alnwick Playhouse

Staff Contact List

Mr M Allenby (Head of Drama and Theatre Studies / Head of English)

mallenby@dchs-alnwick.org

Mrs R Bush

Mr J Towers