Drama and performng arts

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 Bedlington 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 dance, musical theatre and drama club.  As well as this, there is 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 portray a range of different emotions. 

Explore the beginnings of performing on stage to an audience. 

Introducing Page to Stage  

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

Introducing Creating Theatre   

Explore how to create your own performance generating ideas from a range of stimuli including images, lyrics and quotes.  


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 the 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   

Working in groups, create your own performance material using stimulus from current affairs.  


Mastering Stagecraft   

Following on from the development of presenting emotions, develop a character and adapt performance material to suit a range of stage configurations. 

Mastering Page to Stage   

Further develop your vocal and physical skills to accurately and fluently demonstrate character meaning to an audience.   

Mastering Creating Theatre   

Develop performance skills such as hot seating, role reversal, still images and flashbacks to generate performance ideas derived from a stimulus.  


  • Interpreting Theatre   
  • Practically explore the play Hard to Swallow working as an actor, director and designer  

  • Devising Theatre   

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

  • Interpreting Theatre   
  • As an audience member, analyse and evaluate a live performance  

  • Devising Theatre  

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

  • Interpreting Theatre  

  • Create a vision for performance   

  • Analyse a live theatre performance 

  • Performing from a Text   

  • Rehearse and present various extracts from pre-published plays.   



Component 1: Devising Theatre. 

  • Students may choose to be assessed on Acting or a Design element  
  • Create and perform a devised piece based on chosen stimulus material   

  • Document the process through a Portfolio of Supporting Evidence   

  • Evaluate the process and final outcomes of performance.  

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre  

  • Evaluate live theatre seen throughout the course   

  • Component 2: Performing from a Text. Students may choose to be assessed on Acting or a Design element   

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

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre  

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

Drama has allowed me to express myself. I enjoy creating my own material and developing interesting characters.
Year 11 student
I love working as a team in drama so that we can inspire an audience.
Year 8 student