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KS3 Drama

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Year Long Term Objective: To create, perform and analyse dramatic work using different theatrical genres and techniques.
Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1  Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Medium Term Objective: Theatre and Dramatic skills exploration

Introduction to Drama Skills Character & Voice Time Travel Silent Movie Interpreting Script Darkwood Manor
Medium Term Objective: Theatre and Dramatic skills development

Mime Shakespeare Status Page to Stage Devising Stage Combat
Medium Term Objective: Theatre and Dramatic skills mastery
9 Contemporary Practitioners Beyond the Spotlight Physical Theatre I don’t like Monday’s ‘Noughts and Crosses The Apprentice

Introduction to Drama Skills

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Freeze Frame

Actors create a frozen image which communicates meaning or can enahce a scene.

Thought Tracking

When a character steps out of the scene to tell the audience what they are thinking or feeling

Cross Cutting


A device to move between two or more scenes staged in the space at the same time.

Physical Theatre

A form of theatre that puts emphasis on movement rather than dialogue.

Character & Voice

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The act of changing voice, body language, movement, gesture etc when in role

Facial Expression

Using facial features to convey an emotion or thought

Body Language

Communicating emotions by movement or position


Speaking loudly to be heard on stage. Not shouting.

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Time Travel

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Choral Speaking

A group of people speaking in unison. Particularly used with the Chorus in Greek Theatre.

Mystery Plays

Medieval drama based on biblical stories


Physical or verbal gags/jokes


A classical form of Japanese Drama

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Silent Movie

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Working in silence, or with few sounds or words, to show activities.

Stock Characters

A character that represents a type and that is instantly recognisable to audiences.


A sign used to communicate words or emotions in silent movies.


A stance in which the actor is expressionless and equally balanced with arms by their sides.

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Interpreting Script

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An extended speech performed by one person.


A conversation restricted to two characters.

Stage Directions

Instructions in the script of a play that tell actors how to enter, where to stand, when to move, also information about the lighting, scenery, props, and sound effects. ?

Sub Text

The unspoken, or less obvious meaning in a drama.

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Darkwood Manor

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Dramatic Tension

The most basic element of drama used to stir the emotions of the audience.

Role Play

The ability to suspend disbelief by stepping into another character’s shoes

Split Staging

Dividing the acting area into more than one space, eg a garden and a kitchen.

Hot Seating

Where a character is questioned by the group about their background, behaviour and motivation.

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Non-Scripted. Work that is made up as you go along.


A lyric dance drama of southern India based on Hindu literature and performed with acrobatic energy and highly stylized pantomime

Commedia Dell'arte

An Italian theatrical form that emphasised ensemble acting; its improvisations were set in a firm framework of masks and stock situations, with stock characters.

Dumb Show

Part of a play that is acted without speaking.

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The Globe

The Theatre where Shakespeare’s affiliated company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, performed Shakespeare’s plays.


The era in which Shakespeare was alive and writing. He continued into the Stuart reign after Elizabeth 1st’s death.


A genre of drama focusing on human suffering.


A device used in drama to reveal a character’s thoughts, feelings, secrets or plans to the audience.

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Embracing the offers made by other performers, particularly when improvising, in order to advance the scene.


Taking an idea and building on it in order to improve the work or extend an idea.


1. The actors’ movements on the stage during the performance of the play.

2. Obstructing ideas through negative responses or one word answers.


The level of influence a character has.

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Page to Stage

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An outline or synopsis of a scene or play


The protection granted by a state to someone who has left their home country as a political refugee.


How your voice sounds when conveying an emotion.


How high or low your voice sounds.

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Resource(s) used as a starting point for ideas to create drama. A stimulus could be a painting, a word, a colour, a phrase etc.

Role on the Wall

A drama tool used for exploring details about a character/person.

Stream of Consciousness

A narrative device that attempts to give the written equivalent of the character’s thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to their actions.


A style of drama in which real events are reconstructed through the dramatisation of the largely unaltered text of documentary sources

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Stage Combat

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Giving something meaning.


The time in which you practise for a performance.


Timing and pace of the drama or fight sequence.

Muscle Memory

Remembering a particular motor skill through repetition.

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Contemporary Practitioners

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Any type of theatrical production that is performed at a unique, specially adapted location other than a standard theatre.


A form of communication that combines different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, or video and is used in perofrmance.

Physical Theatre

A form of theatre that puts emphasis on movement rather than dialogue.


The art of communicating the plot.

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Beyond the Spotlight

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Stage Manager

In theatre terms someone who is in charge of the backstage area.


The moves that an actor makes which are written into the script.


Sound that a character can hear within the world of the play. For example, when a character turns on the radio, the voices or music from it are heard by the character and the audience.


The use of music underneath dialogue to help create an atmosphere or to convey a theme.

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Physical Theatre

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The process of combining things in a particular order.

Push hands

A Frantic Assembly technique

Chair Duets

A Frantic Assembly exercise.


A move that raises one person off the ground being supported by others.

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I don't like Monday's

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The ability to understand and relate to another person’s thoughts and feelings.


Where a word or phrase is repeated by an individual or group to give dramatic effect.

The word can be overlapped slightly and usually gets louder the longer cannon is used.where a word or phrase is repeated by an individual or the word can be overlapped slightly and usually gets louder the longer cannon is used.

Split Staging

Where you divide the acting area into more than one space, eg the office and the factory floor.

Dramatic Action

This means there is plenty of conflict, tension, suspense, uncertainty, fear in the drama or scene.

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Noughts and Crosses

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Decisions which are made to communicate deeper meaning.

Actor-audience relationship

How the actor relates to the audience.

Exploratory strategies

Techniques used to explore and deepen understanding of the drama you create.


Sections that make up an Act in a play.

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The Apprentice

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An approach to acting that aims for a unified effect achieved by all members of a cast working together on behalf of the play


The characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people.


To invent and create content on your feet. Improvised drama is work that hasn’t been scripted but is made up as you go along.


To communicate the right message to the right audience at the right time to effect the right actions.

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