A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
A level Drama and Theatre offers you the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form. You will explore how in ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.
You will have the chance to:
- create, perform and respond to drama and theatre
- develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
- explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts
- learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice
- experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate to create theatre
The course is a two-year course and you will be assessed in the second year of the course. The assessments are in three parts; practical elements of assessment make up 60% of your grade and the written exam makes up 40%.
Component 1: Drama & Theatre
You will study two plays (set texts) through practical exploration, discussion, design and written tasks. Learn about influential theatre practitioners and how to apply their theories to practical work.
Live Theatre Production
Learn how to analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers. Assessed in a written exam of 3 hours (open book). 40% of A level.
- Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks)
- Section B: one three part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (30 marks)
- Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (25 marks)
Component 2: Creating Original Drama
You will be assessed on your ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process making connections between dramatic theory and practice and apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.
For the practical components, you can choose to work as performers, designers (design students may choose lighting, sound, set, costume or puppets) or directors.
- Produce an individual working notebook documenting the devising process
- Contribute to a final devised, group performance.
Assessed in a practical performance. 30% of A level.
Component 3: Making Theatre
- Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play
- You will learn how to apply methodologies of a practitioner to different texts.
- Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).
- Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.
Assessed through practical performance and reflective report. 30% of A level.
To be successful on this course you should enjoy performing and have at least a grade B in English language or Literature GCSE. Performance experience is not required but would be helpful.
Courses that this would work well with: English Literature or Language, History, Performing Arts, Media, Film, Politics.