Drama and Theatre Studies
The Nature of the Course
A Level Drama and Theatre is designed for students who enjoy reading plays and watching or participating in drama - as performers, directors or designers – and who want to develop their skills in one or more of these areas.
The course develops written, practical, creative and communication skills. You will extend your ability to create drama, either in a performing or production role, or both. You will also be required to write about theatre and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners.
Component 1: Drama and Theatre
You will study two contrasting set texts, examining how plays are put together, their social/cultural/historical significance, and the ways in which they can be brought to life on the stage. Study is through workshops, research, theatre visits and discussion.
You will also study the work of theatre makers through live theatre analysis and evaluation. We will attend a number of live theatre productions across the two-year course.
Component 2: Creating Original Drama
You will work with fellow students on the process of devising an original piece of drama for presentation to an audience. The piece must be influenced by the methodologies of a prescribed practitioner.
Component 3: Making Theatre
You will work in groups to rehearse and perform extracts from three different published plays. The methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to ‘extract 3’. You will complete a reflective report analysing the theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.
Students will be involved in a range of practical workshops exploring plays, playwrights, directors and key theatre practitioners who have influenced the development of drama and theatre over the 20th and 21st centuries. Live theatre visits will also be integral to the development of students’ knowledge.
Students will have the opportunity to perform in both devised and scripted performances for the public as part of their examinations. Experts from the professional world of theatre – actors, directors, designers – will be used to support the students in shaping such performances and channelling their creativity.
Skills Demanded and Developed
The A Level specification will develop:
• ability to form judgements about live theatre based on understanding of drama and theatre
• use of subject-specific terminology in a range of contexts
• performance and/or production skills appropriate to the creation and realisation of drama and theatre
• ability to work creatively and collaboratively to achieve shared dramatic intentions
• ability to respond to plays imaginatively, conveying ideas clearly and coherently.
• a more advanced level of performance and/or production skills
• ability to think independently, make judgements and refine work in the light of research
• ability to analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre.
Career and Higher Education Implications
A Level Drama and Theatre Studies can lead on to further study in Drama as well as in many other subjects. The course is a good preparation for students who would like to pursue a career in the arts but it will also help to develop skills that are needed in a wide range of careers. The practical element of the course will help students to become more confident; it will promote team-building and communication skills, as well as being a lot of fun.
The critical and practical skills and experiences acquired during the Drama and Theatre Studies course are all good ‘life skills’ that can be drawn upon in the future.
A Level Drama and Theatre can lead on to further study in Drama as well as in many other subjects. The course is a good preparation for students who would like to pursue a career in the arts but it will also help to develop skills that are needed in a wide range of careers. The practical element of the course will help students to become more confident; it will promote team-building and communication skills, as well as being a lot of fun. The critical and practical skills and experiences acquired during the Drama and Theatre course are all good ‘life skills’ that can be drawn upon in the future.
Strong A-Level Combinations
Possible Degree Courses, Careers
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