Higher Drama

The Higher Drama course consists of three units of study.

Unit 1: Investigative Drama

Pupils work in groups to develop, script and direct an original piece of drama. Each student is responsible for writing and directing one scene as well as acting in the final performance. The drama is devised from a particualr theme and should communicate a strong message to the audience. The most important element of this unit is the investigation and research carried out by pupils. This allows them to create a drama of depth and substance. The finished drama is presented to an audience at an evening event, giving the pupils a real theatrical experience.

Unit 2: Study of a Text in its Theatrical Context

Pupils at Kirkintilloch High School will study "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller in this unit. They will focus on the history of the play, the main themes and issues, the characters and the reason the play has been writtten. This unit requires pupils to work both practically and theoretically through the text. They will show a good and clear understanding of the text through essay questions, dramatic commentaries and acting roles. These three elements form part of the final external exams in Higher Drama, as well as the Unit Assessments.

Unit 3: Contemporary Scottish Theatre

Pupils study a range of Scottish plays including Men Should Weep, Tally's Blood, Black Watch, Gilt and Perfect Days. This unit seeks to highlight the developments in Scottish theatre and the recurring themes that are explored. The main areas of study in this unit are Social, Political and Religious Dimensions and Issues of Gender. Having considered these pupils will demonstrate their learning through essay questions and acting roles. These two elements make up the remainder of their external exams and Unit Assessments.

Pupils studying Drama at this level are encouraged to attend theatre trips and will benefit from doing so.