Reading in Drama


"When I read great literature, great drama, speeches or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language." James Earl Jones, actor.


Reading is central to Drama, and through practical lessons, we bring the written word to life, adding colour, texture and meaning to the words on the page. Students engage with reading extracts from novels, poems and plays at every level of their Drama education whilst at Gateacre.


The use of texts supports students in their understanding of the world around them, and Drama and Theatre as an art form. Regular trips to see these texts in action help students fully engage with the meaning and subtexts of each piece we study.


The list below is not exhaustive, with GCSE and A-Level students having autonomy over which scripts they perform for examination each year. A large, engaging library of texts can be sourced from the Drama department for students to explore and engage in their love of reading.


Reading in Drama - Year 7:

The Aliens Have Landed - Ken Nesbitt

Alien Abduction Resource - Gateacre staff

Character Cards - Gateacre staff

Monologue starters - Gateacre staff

Holes narration - Gateacre staff

Holes, the play - adapted from Louis Sachar's novel

Ernie's Incredible Illucinations - Alan Ayckbourn

The Serpent and The Eagle - Fable


Reading in Drama - Year 8:

Spooky Stories Action Narration - Gateacre staff

Overcoming Obstacles - various newspaper articles 

Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas

Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson

Titanic Letters - letters from survivors of the Titanic distater

Alice in Wonderland extracts - Lewis Carroll


Reading in Drama - year 9:

Bouncers - John Godber

Shakers - John and Jane Godber

Teechers - John Godber

Practitioner flashcards - Gateacre staff

The Last Resort - Chris Owen

The Stones - Shock Therapy Productions


Reading in Drama - GCSE

Blood Brothers - Willy Russell

Students work with staff to choose suitable plays to read and explore for their GCSE practical examinations


Reading in Drama - A-Level

Our Country's Good - Timberlake Wertenbaker

A Servant to Two Masters - Carlo Goldoni

Students work with staff to choose suitable plays to read and explore for their GCSE practical examinations