Through creative exploration of performance and design elements, the study of drama engages, inspires, and challenges students, immersing them in the world of storytelling as an art form. Students will explore approaches to drama influenced by practitioners from a range of cultural backgrounds, with an appreciation of the importance and relevance of theatre in society.

Drama at Shotton Hall Academy leads students on a journey of creativity and self-expression through the exploration of core knowledge and skills.    

Students are encouraged to develop their skills as an actor, directors, and designers through the creation of original and pre-published performance material. As well as developing subject-specific skills, drama provides students with the opportunity to build a range of transferable skills, from effective communication to problem-solving.   

Across the key stages, students develop acting, directorial and design skills through a range of practical workshops, analysis of live theatre and interpretation seminars. Students perform using a range of drama conventions, mediums, and strategies of increasing complexity.   

Students enjoy drama because it allows them to be whoever they want to be. It gives them a voice and an opportunity to share how they view the world.  Students develop the ability to work collaboratively and are inspired to become storytellers for their audience.  

It’s not only Drama lessons that allow students to express themselves creatively: There are formal and informal performances throughout the year including variety showcases, musicals and involvement with the Connections Festival in partnership with London’s National Theatre.  

The drama department offers many extra-curricular clubs including opportunities to act, dance, sing and gain experience as designers and directors. As well as this, there are a range of opportunities to attend live theatre productions outside of school and participate in professional workshops. 

Curriculum information  





Introducing Stagecraft


  • Learn how to create different characters and a portray a range of different emotions


  • Explore the beginnings of performing extracts from scripts

Introducing Page to Stage 


  • Learn how to use vocal and physical skills including tone, body language and facial expressions to perform extracts from a script


Introducing Creating Theatre  


  • Explore how to create your own performance generating ideas from a stimulus

Developing Stagecraft  


  • Discover the techniques required when performing a range of emotions using different styles of theatre including naturalistic and non-naturalistic genres

Developing Page to Stage


  • Develop your vocal skills through use of tone, pitch and pace as well as physical skills of body language, facial expression and levels to perform a more challenging script 

Developing Creating Theatre  


  • Create your own performance material using a range of stimuli from current affairs

Mastering Stagecraft  


  • Develop a character and adapt performance material to suit a range of stage configurations

Mastering Page to Stage  


  • Develop your vocal and physical skills to demonstrate character accurately and fluently to an audience

Mastering Creating Theatre  


  • Develop physical theatre skills to generate performance ideas based on a stimulus   


Devising Theatre


  • Practically explore the set text working as an actor, director, and designer 

Interpreting Theatre  

  • Create your own performance material using stylistic qualities of a selected practitioner 

Interpreting Theatre 


  • Practically explore the set text working as an actor, director, and designer  

Devising Theatre 

  • Create your own performance material from a stimulus using stylistic qualities of a selected practitioner

Devising Theatre 


  • Create and perform a devised piece based on chosen stimulus material   

Perform from a Text

  • Explore an extract from a text to communicate meaning to an audience


Performing from a Text

  • Students perform two extracts from a play or realise a design for the actors within the play.  


Interpreting Theatre 

  • Practically explore a contemporary play from an actor, director, and designer’s perspective prior to realising vision in a written response. 
  • Evaluate live theatre from an acting and design perspective 

Interpreting Theatre

  • Create a vision for a contemporary play from an actor, director, and designer’s perspective, prior to realising in a written exam.
  • Evaluate live theatre from an acting and design perspective.
Drama helped ‘crack the surface of my shell’ and has improved my whole life.
Year 9 student
Drama has affected my life so much! It has helped me gain loads of confidence and I feel better in myself because I know I’m more confident. My vocabulary has improved and my English grades have improved.
Year 11 student