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Drama & Theatre

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A Level
Exam Board: Pearson
Subject Leader: Mrs D Hill

On this course students will explore the structural elements of theatre from page to stage. The course combines practical and theoretical studies and offers students the opportunity to extend their ability to create Drama and Theatre through practical exploration and analysis of play texts and playwrights. Students will learn how to shape dramatic material, how to communicate through space, language, gesture and the use of symbols. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to acquire the skills of analysis and evaluation to write about drama, appraising both their own and others work. All aspects of this course will be approached from a variety of viewpoints, including those of director, actor, designer and playwright.

How will the course be taught?

The course focusses strongly on the practical application of skills combined with the necessary theoretical study needed to understand not just the work students study, but the work they produce themselves. Students work in small and large groups in a coopretaive manner, learning to negotiate, share ideas, and arrive at informed, creative decisions. The course is divided into three components, Divising, which is internally assessed on a Portfolio you produce, Text in Performance, where students will take part in a group performance and a monologue/duologue, which is externally assessed by an examiner, and finally Theatre makers in practice, which is a written exam.

What's next?

Students who study Drama & Theatre come away with invaluable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication, and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in a practical and academic setting. Many students go on to study Performing Arts or Drama and Theatre courses at university and many progress further to work in a variety of industries from theatre, television, film to journalism, teaching, and law. 


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