Qualification: A Level
Drama centres around how we get our message or ideas across to others. It’s principles apply far beyond the confines of a theatre to nearly every aspect of our lives. In Drama and Theatre Studies you will explore practice from leading practitioners as well as the greatest and most influential thinkers and creators of the last hundred years such as Stanislavski and Artaud and apply them to your own creative projects. Drama is creative, dynamic and challenging, making an ideal combination with a range of subjects from English to History to Media and Art, or as a mind-expanding contrasting discipline to Maths and science-based subjects.
The course consists of three components: Theatre Workshop (20%), Text in Action (40%) and Text in Performance (40%).
You will cover a range of topics, exploring how others have developed and shaped ways to present theatre to an audience. This will be through practical exploration in the drama studios as well as written theory; you will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of more conventional styles such as naturalism and physical theatre as well as the exciting, sometimes bizarre and often hugely engrossing approaches of Artaud’s ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ and hybrid styles such as those of Steven Berkoff. Some of the work will involve creating your own pieces of theatre; some will be about reading and interpreting plays by leading writers.
Studying this work will help you to see how theatre mirrors life in its complexity and the sheer wonder of the possibilities open to us. You will develop many of the skills you have learned through the study of Drama and English Literature GCSE but there is scope to bring in ideas and thinking from a wide range of other areas.
Component 1: Theatre Workshop (20%) is internally assessed, externally moderated and is completed at the end of Year 12.
Component 2: Text in Action (40%) is examined by an external examiner and is completed January of Year 13.
Component 3: Text in Performance (40%) is a written exam completed at the end of Year 13.
Grade 4 or better in GCSE Drama.
Studying Drama will open a range of opportunities and transferable skills for a variety of different careers including: actor, theatre director, lighting designer, costume designer, set designer, sound engineer, make-up artist, drama teacher, dancer, musical theatre performer, broadcast presenter, playwright, theatre critic, journalist, film director; as well as helping with business directors and managers as drama demands excellent communication and management skills.
There will be a number of theatre visits throughout the course. These visits are part of the course and will be the material on which critical appreciation responses are based for the written coursework in Component 2 and the written exam in Component 3. The price per visit will range, according to venue, from £12 to £35 and it is expected that there will be at least four visits throughout the two years.