Practical exploration and performance work lies at the heart of the course. You will explore a range of contrasting plays and practitioners through practical workshops, as well as giving two assessed performances: one scripted and one devised. You will also learn to write about theatre, analysing and evaluating plays you have studied and productions you have seen. Theatre trips and workshops with visiting industry professionals are organised by the college and are an integral part of the course. Assessment is through a combination of performance, coursework and written exams.
Drama and Theatre Studies strikes a perfect balance between hands-on practice and deep theoretical exploration. This unique blend not only enhances your performance skills but also sharpens your ability to dissect and analyse dramatic works in a meticulous and thoughtful manner. Throughout your journey, you’ll refine your skill in close reading, which is crucial for unravelling the layers of complex texts. Additionally, you’ll become adept at crafting well-structured essays, a valuable skill that transcends the boundaries of this subject and applies to a wide array of university courses.
The versatility of this program is reflected in the diverse paths that past students have taken. Many have pursued degrees in English, Drama, Acting, and Media, showcasing the program’s capacity to equip graduates with skills and insights that remain valuable across various academic and professional pursuits.
What Will I Learn?
The course offers a diverse programme that includes:
- Professionally led workshops
- Theatre trips to the West End, fringe and drama schools such as the National Theatre, the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse and RADA.
- Participation in scripted and devised ensemble work.
- Evening performance showcase of student work.
Drama and Theatre – Exam Paper – 40% of marks
Creating Original Drama – Coursework and Performance Exam – 30% of marks
Making Theatre – Coursework and Performance Exam – 30% of marks
Drama & Theatre
You will write about two set texts, Antigone by Sophocles and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, from the perspective of an actor, director and designer. You will also write an evaluation of a piece of live theatre seen as part of the course.
Creating Original Drama
You will create and perform a unique and original piece of theatre, inspired by a stimulus and influenced by the work of a recognised practitioner. You will write a piece of coursework explaining and evaluating the research you carried out and your rehearsal process.
You will rehearse and perform extracts from three contrasting plays. One performance will be inspired by the work of a recognised practitioner, and will be assessed by a visiting examiner. You will write a piece of coursework, analysing and evaluating your interpretation of the three texts.
Drama GCSE is beneficial although not essential.
Examination board: AQA
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