Drama And Theatre Studies

Drama And Theatre Studies

Drama And Theatre Studies

Drama And Theatre Studies

  • The AS Drama and Theatre Studies course offers many exciting opportunities for those of you wishing to take your interest in Drama to a higher level. You will develop your practical skills as makers and performers of drama, while also extending your theoretical understanding of the subject. The course will cover a broad range of theatre experiences, looking at the history of theatre from its ancient beginnings right up to and including the latest trends in Contemporary Theatre. At the same time, we will be exploring many major playwrights (Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Wilde, Miller) and contributors to World Drama along the way.

    60% of the AS course covers practical theatre skills and will involve you in the preparation of an assessed performance– for example the performance of a 20 minute extract from a play presented before an audience in performance conditions.

    40% of the AS 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 "Antigone" by Sophocles, "A Doll's House" by Ibsen or Theatre Workshop's "Oh What a Lovely War".

  • Students will develop practical skills as performers and makers of drama; you will also learn to become informed and appreciative members of an audience through regular visits to West End theatre productions.

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

  • Students will choose the play texts to perform for the Practical component. Most will probably wish to be principally involved as Actors but others may wish to be assessed in other areas such as Direction, Costume, Set or Mask Design or for Technical Elements (Lighting and/or Sound).

  • 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.