Drama And Theatre Studies

Drama And Theatre Studies

Drama And Theatre Studies

Drama And Theatre Studies

  • The A2 Drama and Theatre Studies course enables you to develop the skills and knowledge gained at AS. You will be taught how to demonstrate a more advanced level of performance skills, while developing your ability to think independently, make judgements and refine your work in the light of research and a wide variety of theatre-going experiences. You will continue to study a wide range of world-renowned playwrights such as Brecht, Chekhov and Arthur Miller while also being given opportunities to make your own original theatre productions.

    60% of the A2 course covers practical theatre skills and will involve you in the preparation of an original Devised Performance. For example, in the form of a creative adaptation of a contemporary novel or a docudrama on a famous historical figure or important moral issue.

    40% of the A2 course covers the academic study of performance texts, looking at their background and context and studying how to interpret the plays in production from an actor, director or designer's point of view. Previous set plays have included "The Seagull" by Chekhov, "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller or "Coram Boy" by Helen Edmundson.

  • Students will develop practical skills as performers and makers of drama; you will also continue to attend regular visits to the professional theatre in order to develop ideas and techniques for inclusion in your own devised work.

    You will learn how to apply performance and production skills through the making of drama and theatre at the highest level. Your knowledge of the theoretical aspects of drama will be further developed and you will extend your usage of appropriate terminology. You will also widen your cultural knowledge as you study plays from different periods and genres and learn to make evaluative judgements of the theatre that you watch.

  • The requirement to produce an original piece of Devised Drama affords many opportunities for you to make choices about the content and style of the piece. You can also opt to be assessed in one of a number of skills: most students wish to be assessed for their Acting but you can also be assessed as a Designer, Technician or Director.

  • The courses will be taught by two teachers.

  • It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Drama. More important are enthusiasm, a genuine interest in the subject and a commitment to working with others as part of a creative team.

  • Performance and portfolio is worth 60% of the total marks and this is assessed through a practical performance – internally assessed but externally moderated. Written exam is worth 40% of the total marks and this will be a written exam paper sat at the end of the course.

  • This course offers a useful foundation for anyone interested in developing a career in the Performing Arts, as an actor, director, designer or technician. There are also career paths available in Arts Administration and Education which students sometimes choose to follow. Those wishing to take their academic study of Theatre to a higher level by applying to take a Drama Degree would be well advised to opt for this course.