This scheme of work builds upon prior knowledge of non-naturalistic techniques through exploration of artists and theatre practitioners such as Dali and Artaud.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to: list the main features of the surrealist movement and demonstrate an awareness of the work of Salvador Dali and Antonin Artaud.

Most students will be able to: discuss the features of non-naturalistic drama; perform in an unrehearsed improvised scene; use audience interaction in an improvisation; use a stimulus to create a piece of drama; communicate a character and the relationship with other characters using elements of drama.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to: criticise the features of non-naturalistic drama; evaluate the use and selection of skills of other performers; identify the elements of drama in other performances and assess the impact of the piece.

Key Assessments

This topic will be assessed through the creation of a multimedia video which draws together the knowledge gained in this scheme of work. The videos will be handed in for marking.

How to help your child

Parents could encourage their child to view surrealist art by Salvador Dali and write a story of what could be happening in the picture or to consider the thought process behind its creation.