Drama and Theatre A Level -
DRAMA and THEATRE
WHY STUDY DRAMA and THEATRE?
This is a new and exciting course which will appeal to those with a love of theatre, acting, directing, designing and the study of theatre history. Researching, exploring a variety of play texts, creating plays and improving your ability to interpret solo/duologue and ensemble scripts are key to your success. Watching professional plays at the theatre and learning to critically analyse performance and production elements are also integral elements to the course.
THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY
Devising (40% )
· Group creates an original performance from an extract of play text.
· Portfolio - an analysis of the process of creating and performing each piece.
Text in Performance (20%)
· A group performance of a key extract from a play text.
· A monologue or duologue performance from a different play text.
Theatre Makers in Practice (40% written exam)
· Question A: Live theatre evaluation
· Question B: Page to stage questions about a play studied in class.
· Question C: Interpretation of text – your production concept for a play studied in class compared to its original performance conditions.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
University to study drama, performing arts, theatre, film, media, English literature or any arts or humanities degree; Drama School e.g., RADA, Central School of Speech & Drama, Bristol Old Vic; higher apprenticeship e.g., at BAFTA or the BBC; any career valuing excellent communication skills, leadership, team work, analysis, creativity, design and research.
A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE
"It was a fun yet challenging course and I loved being part of what seemed like a small theatre company as we developed each play, sharing ideas together."
- Arthur Barker, former Year 13 student
SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You will need to have achieved a grade B or above if you have studied Drama at GCSE, although it is not a requirement to have studied Drama before, or to be a good actor! Students are also required to have achieved a grade 5 or above in English GCSE as there is an important written element to the course. It is also crucial that students are committed and self-motivated and able to attend rehearsals after school hours occasionally. Grade 4 or higher is also required in mathematics GCSE.