Subject: Drama and Theatre Studies
Drama and Theatre Studies aims to develop your theatrical ability, knowledge and understanding through the study of play-texts, analysis of plays in production and your production of a play. Each section of the course builds on what you have already learned so that you are ready to create theatre much more independently. We will introduce you to some important areas of Drama and Theatre in depth and develop your understanding and skills. This is not exhaustive as there is a whole world history of performance out there. So do explore other aspects of drama and theatre in your own reading and theatre visits. We aim to explore and use theory and practice side-by-side in lessons, so that you develop your academic understanding through practical exploration. The course is unique in that to succeed you need to be able to work practically in a team - demonstrating commitment, imagination and mutual support; while regularly completing written work – demonstrating thoughtful insights and thorough understanding. While this is by no means an easy option, it is uniquely challenging and exciting.
The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights. The course allows you to develop skills to explore and analyse how others think and feel. As well as stretch your imagination and body through creatively working with others. You will gain a deeper understanding of how theatre works, have opportunities to be a performer or designer gaining practical, creative and communication skills. Be an active member of the audience learning to critically analyse performance.
Drama and Theatre Studies is assessed over four units across two years both through practical exploration, performance and theoretical understanding. The units are:
AS- Unit 1 : Exploration - 20%
Practical study and written coursework.
AS- Unit 2 : Performance - 30%
Section A - Monologue or duologue. Section B - Performing or Design skill.
A2- Unit 3 : Devising - 20%
Collaborative project performed to an audience.
A2- Unit 4 : Theatre in Context - 30%
Drama and Theatre Studies leads to a variety of career pathways including Acting, TV/Radio Production, Costume Design, Set Design, Lighting/Sound Design –Technician, Journalism, Human Resources, Social/Community Services, Nursing, Probation Service and Teaching. Whilst also opening the doors to a wide variety of Further/Higher Education courses.