Having learned the basic skills in year 7, in Year 8 students begin to explore more challenging units and learn about different drama styles and genres as well as working in a much more physical style. As the year progresses students prepare scripted duologues from plays such as ‘Our Day Out’ explore multi-role characterisation with ’The Woman in Black’. Students will continue to work on the disciplines of becoming a focused actor and an imaginative drama student particularly during the Physical Theatre style used in schemes such as Eel March house. Students at this stage are offered the opportunity to continue to study Drama at GCSE by choosing it as an option moving into year 9.

Supporting Your Child

Supporting Your Child


Offer to help out with line learning / characterisation, leading up to assessments

Ensure Showmyhomework.com is checked regularly as resources and tasks are updated regularly.

Take your son/ daughter to the cinema/ theatre, whenever possible.

Encourage your son/ daughter to support the Academy productions or attend local performances in the area.

Check through books and engage in conversation about what was learned each lesson or performances they saw; this is great for developing speaking and listening skills as well as evaluating others.

Read the texts/ watch the film extracts together and discuss themes and content to develop a sense of reflection and evaluation.


Useful Resources

Year 7, 8 & 9

Our Day Out - Willy Russell

The Woman In Black - Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill

Blood Brothers – Willy Russell

Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare

Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares / Building a Character

The Theatre of Brecht - John Willett

BBC GCSE Bitesize

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust

Warwick Arts Centre

Leicester Curve


Year 10 & 11

Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares / Building a Character

Stanislavski - An Introduction - Jean Bendetti

The Theatre of Brecht - John Willett

Games for Actors and Non Actors - Augusto Boal and Adrian Jackson

Frantic Assembly - The Frantic Book of Devising Theatre - Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett

Talking Heads- Alan Bennett


After Juliet- NYT Shell Connections- Sharman Macdonald

Daz for Zoe- Joe Standerline

4:48 Psychosis- Sarah Kane (great for GCSE PAPER 2) Part of a collected anthology

Citizenship- Mark Ravenhill

Pool no Water- Mark Ravenhill

Beautiful thing- Jonathan Harvey

The Crucible- Arthur Miller

The Birthday Party- Harold Pinter

Sparkleshark’ - Phillip Ridley

Tusk Tusk - Polly Stenham

That Face - Polly Stenham

Punk Rock – Simon Stephens

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime – Simon Stephens stage adaptation

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Miss J Neville

Head of Year 8 - Mrs S Finney

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

Head of Year 11 - Miss R Burrows

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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