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AQA GCSE Drama Student Book

Author(s): Annie Fox

awarding body: AQA

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-911208-21-1

subject: Drama

Pages: 264pp




"This book is full of very practical resources, excellent teaching suggestions, pupil friendly exam speak, sample responses, and some brilliant guidance on the set texts for the written exam. I'd recommend to any Drama teacher (of AQA or other boards) to inspire and gently guide your pupils through the GCSE. My favourite thing is the quotes from theatre practitioners that run through the book, supporting both performing and design students with something I've not seen elsewhere." 

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N.B. This edition covers the current AQA GCSE Drama specification. A revised edition will be available early in 2021 which will cover the 2020 specification. 
(For details of the Revised Edition click here)

Carefully created to help you plan and deliver the current GCSE Drama specification and approved by AQA to provide high quality support you can trust

Includes all six set plays from this specification: The Crucible, Blood Brothers, The 39 Steps, Hansel and Gretel, Noughts & Crosses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Content fully supports the specification assessment objectives and covers the three components of the specification: Understanding drama, Devising drama, Texts in practice

Colourful and accessible presentation with a visual approach throughout to engage students of all abilities

Contains detailed description and analysis of the six set plays

Plenty of practical suggestions for drama activities and tasks enable students to develop their performance and design skills

Many contemporary examples of drama writing, staging, performance and interpretation throughout allow students to explore key ideas and skills in a relevant context

Analysis and evaluation skills are highlighted and practised in all topics

Interviews and case studies of key roles such as set designer and performer help improve student understanding 

Key drama terminology is identified and defined throughout

Suitable for specialist and non-specialist drama teachers


You can download additional resources for this subject here



An Introduction to Drama

Component 1: Understanding Drama

Theatre roles and terminology
Study of a Set play
Live Theatre Production

Component 2:  Devising Drama 

Component 3: Texts in Practice

Costume Design

Puppet Design

Glossary of all key drama terms and definitions


About the author:

Annie Fox was the Head of Drama and Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented Pupils in a state comprehensive that routinely achieved outstanding results.  After studying in New York and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she worked as an actor for over a decade, before training to teach. She has played a key role in training Drama teachers and been an Associate Moderator for a major awarding body.  Annie is also an experienced English teacher and author.