Drama and Theatre
Drama and Theatre A Level will excite and drive students who have a desire to deepen and extend their knowledge of performance and theatre in practice. A passion for all aspects of theatre, especially constructing and deconstructing performance, is essential for this course. The ability to analyse and evaluate your own and others’ performances is a necessity. You will also need to demonstrate excellent creative thinking and extended writing skills in order to complete the challenges of this course. Taught through a fast-paced series of teacher and student led practical workshops, the course is complemented by the Drama department’s thriving extra-curricular programme. Due to the nature of the course, and the skills developed within in, Drama and Theatre sits well alongside any combination of subjects from English and Psychology to the Sciences and Maths.
Grade 4 in GCSE Drama and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
Component 1 – Internally assessed, externally moderated = 40%
Component 2 – Externally assessed by visiting examiner = 20%
Component 3 – Written exam = 40%
Students embark on a range of components that will allow them to develop skills to interpret texts from a range of different perspectives, such as acting, design and directing.
Component 1: Devising
Students develop their creative and exploratory skills to devise an original performance. The starting point for this devising process is an extract from a performance text and an influential theatre practitioner. In their creative explorations, students will learn how text can be manipulated to communicate meaning to audiences and they will begin the process of interpretation. They will gain an understanding of how a new performance could be developed through the practical exploration of the theatrical style and use of conventions of the chosen practitioner. A written portfolio, which analyses and evaluates the creative process and devised performance, also forms part of the assessment.
Component 2: Text in Performance
Students develop and demonstrate their theatrical skills, exploring how they realise artistic intentions in performance. There are two areas of focus: a monologue or a duologue performance from one key extract from one performance text and a group performance of one key extract from a different performance text.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Taking the form of a written exam, students will consider how production ideas and dramatic elements are communicated to an audience from the perspective of a director, a performer and a designer. Students will critically analyse and evaluate their experience of live performance. As an informed member of the audience they will deconstruct theatrical elements which will help inform their own production choices and develop their own ideas as potential theatre makers. Students will practically explore texts in order to demonstrate how ideas for performance and production might be realised from page to stage. They will also consider the methodologies of practitioners and interpret texts in order to justify their own ideas for a production concept. Students will research the original performance conditions and gain an understanding of how social, historical and cultural contexts have informed their decisions as theatre makers.
Many students go on to study Drama and Theatre at degree level. Theatre Design, Directing and Stage Management are popular options. In addition, courses related to the subject such as Performance Studies, Performing Arts and English are also favoured progression choices. We have also had many students go on to pursue Law and Teaching.
A passion for all aspects of theatre, especially concerning constructing and deconstructing performance, is essential for this course. The ability to evaluate your own and others’ performances is a necessity. You will need to demonstrate excellent analytical, creative, critical thinking and extended written skills in order to complete the challenges of this course. Due to the nature of the course, and the skills developed within it, Drama and Theatre sits well alongside any combination of subjects from English and psychology to the sciences and mathematics.
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