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Welcome to Inverkeithing High School’s Drama department!

In our department we look at exploring all elements of the performing arts and give learners the opportunities to develop and explore their individual talents and skills.


We encourage our pupils to take positive risks in their acting and character development tasks to build confidence and develop a range of practical acting abilities. As well as acting and performance we also give learners the opportunity to explore production elements of theatre such as lighting, sound, costume, make-up, set and props design. This ensures a rich learning experience in which all talents and creative abilities are explored through a range of practical and theoretical tasks. We have high expectations of our learners and strive to give them a challenging and enjoyable learning experience. Our department’s passion for learning is reflected in our high subject uptake year on year and in our learners’ excellent record of attainment in their SQA exams.



Miss Russell

Miss Russell joined the IHS Drama Department in 2009. Miss Russell completed an honours degree in Drama & Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University and trained to become a secondary Drama teacher at Edinburgh University. Miss Russell was previously a pupil at Inverkeithing High School and took Drama all the way to Advanced Higher level in S6. It was the passion, commitment, creativity and academic challenge of this subject that allowed Miss Russell to know she wanted to become a Drama teacher and work here at IHS. Miss Russell is also an SQA visiting assessor and exam marker for Drama. One of Miss Russell’s favourite aspects of her role is the evening performances that we put on and the commitment shown by pupils in the IHS Drama department.


Mrs Rendall

Mrs Rendall joined the IHS team in October 2017. Mrs Rendall studied theatre at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Sidcup and SFASU, Texas. After working in the theatre industry after graduation, Mrs Rendall then went on to Aberdeen University to become a drama teacher. Mrs Rendall was inspired to be a drama teacher because of the positive experience she had in the department in her high school years. She hopes that the young people who come through the department’s doors will feel as happy, creative and passionate as she always did.



Miss McBride

Miss McBride joined the IHS drama team in August 2019. Miss McBride has studied drama in a range of mediums and throughout many institutions starting with Edinburgh’s Telford College, progressing to Queen Margaret University, and then on to Edinburgh University where she studied to become a teacher. Miss McBride decided to become a drama teacher so that she could share her passion for all things drama and performance, and in the hope that drama could change and shape the lives of young people in the same way that it had for her.




S1 Drama – Course Summary

In this course you will explore some of the most essential skills we use in drama. A big focus in S1 Drama is team working skills and creativity, this means that you will work with a range of different peers in a number of ways (paired working, small groups, whole class discussions). The S1 course explores four units with two main focuses; how we can communicate through movement (Mime & Silent Movies) and how we can use our voice and language skills to portray a character (Danni roleplay & Scots Language). The work we do gives you the opportunity to share your ideas and to build on the ideas of others to create work that is uniquely your own, which provides a fun learning experience that develops your social skills and confidence alongside essential drama skills.



In this course you will continue to build on the voice and movement skills you have developed in S1.

We continue to use regular performances along with excellent peer feedback to encourage you to create in depth characters within high quality performances.

Alongside this we also begin looking at other crucial elements of theatre such as creating mood and atmosphere through lighting and sound, how we can use dramatic conventions to create interesting dramas, and using more complex staging styles within your dramas.

This course, like the S1 course, gives you lots of opportunities to respond to different stimuli and continue to develop your creativity and problem solving in creating theatre.








S3 Course Summary

The S3 course is made up of 4 units – Friendship Unit, Night People, Commedia Dell’arte and finally Making Theatre.

Through these units you will be building on important drama and production skills such as; responding to stimulus, portraying character, using stylised movement and conventions, experimenting with form and genre and adding production skills.




National 4/5 Course Summary

Practical skills

You will be demonstrating your ability to work creatively and collaboratively with your peers. You will work from a range of stimulus centred around the theme of ‘Behind Closed Doors’ that will build up to a final group performance.  You will be demonstrating your theatre production skills and how to get your work from page to stage. You will work collaboratively as a small production working group, being assessed on creativity, practical skills and the impact of a final performance.


Written Evaluation Skills

At National 4 and 5 level you are expected to complete written work at least once a week. Your written work will support your practical work and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of your practical journey. This will include evaluating, creative response to stimulus as well as a demonstration of theory and drama terminology.

Finally, you will be assessed as an actor or designer during your final practical exam. You will partake in an in-depth exploration of a chosen script. You will be assessed by a visiting SQA examiner who will assess you under strict exam conditions. You will also have a written SQA exam that focuses on evaluation of your own work and the work of others, and responding to a stimulus with correct use of drama terminology.






This course encourages pupils who have found success previously in National 5 Drama to exercise their imagination and creativity in a more challenging and complex way. They develop important skills, attitudes and attributes, including creativity and adaptability, learning independently and as part of a group, critical-thinking, enthusiasm and confidence. Higher Drama Pupils continue to  develop their practical skills creating and presenting drama. The course provides scope for personalisation and choice by encouraging candidates to be creative and express themselves in different ways. Learning through drama helps candidates appreciate historical, social and cultural values, identities and ideas. Higher Drama enables pupils to develop and use a range of complex drama skills and production skills - acting, design and direction.

Higher Drama pupils develop practical skills in creating and presenting drama, and knowledge and understanding of historical, social and cultural influences on drama. They analyse and evaluate how the use of self-expression, language and movement can develop their ideas for drama. They also develop critical-thinking skills as they investigate, develop and apply a range of complex drama skills and production skills.

The exams for Higher Drama is split 60:40. 60% of a pupil’s overall grade is attained from their practical exam, performed in front of a visiting SQA assessor. The other 40% is the written element - a 2.5 hour written exam comprised of a textual analysis essay, a question paper and a performance analysis essay.

Throughout the year, Higher Drama pupils will be part of in class performances, evening performances and will attend professional theatre performance. This is an exciting and challenging course that enables and encourages pupils to work collaboratively, independently and creatively.