Why study this course?
You should choose Drama and Theatre if you enjoy performing plays, portraying different characters and enjoy a practical-based subject. You should have excellent group work skills and also be prepared to study written texts and write about your own ideas in detail.
Your studies in Drama will be particularly complemented by work in English Literature, Film Studies or Psychology. Dance and Music students have successfully used their skills in Drama work. You do not necessarily need to have taken Drama at GCSE. You may have other performance experience or want to try something new. The important thing is to be confident about performing to an audience and be open-minded about exploring new ways of working.
What will I study?
This course is an examination of Drama and Theatre throughout history and requires you to develop your skills as a director, designer and performer. Whilst the work is very much performance-focused, students must also be prepared to undertake independent research and develop an understanding of how theatre relates to the societies and time frames in which it was, and is, created.
Throughout the course, you will be given the opportunity to study and explore two set play texts – Accidental Death of an Anarchist & Lysistrata – which explore theatre’s development throughout different areas of history. You will also develop your knowledge of theatre styles by exploring theatre practitioners in more depth.
You will be given the opportunity to perform contemporary texts in group and paired performances under the guidance of a teacher director. You will also apply the skills and knowledge developed to devise your own performance based on a theme or issue.
Our annual A Level London Theatre Trip in January includes two workshops with professional actors, a tour of a working theatre and two West End Shows. Previous productions we have seen include The Woman in Black, One Man Two Guvnors, The Lion King, War Horse and Wicked. Responding to live performances is also a requirement of the written exam.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through written coursework, practical performance examination and written examination. The course demands practical, creative and communication skills.
Where can it lead?
Drama and Theatre can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts in higher education at degree or HND level or drama school. It may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries, teaching, journalism, writing, leisure, social work or any number of careers which require developed communication and presentation skills as well as the ability to be both analytical and creative.