A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
How has Theatre adapted throughout the ages? Who has been the greatest influence on modern theatre? How can Theatre bring about change?
All these questions are addressed in the Drama and Theatre Studies A Level. This course enables students to broaden their understanding of the theoretical side of theatre, whist also honing a full range of performance skills.
‘All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players’ - William Shakespeare
Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE alongside a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics. Students with either English and/or Mathematics at grade 4 or below will have individual meetings to determine the most suitable pathway within sixth form.
Students will develop the key skills needed for performance:
- Identification with character
- Use of voice, speech and sound
- Movement and gesture – use of body and space and physical relationships
- Listening and responding – interacting with others
- Power to engage and hold an audience and understanding of practitioners
These skills will be showcased in a devised piece and performance from a text based around a key play.
Further to this students, will have the opportunity to study texts in relation to the following:
- Interpreting roles on stage
- Discussing atmosphere and staging potential
- Reflecting on the way the play was originally performing
Students who study Drama typically can go onto the following:
University: Many Drama and Theatre Studies students gain places at prestigious universities to study both practical and theoretical subjects.
Industry: Students have gone on to work for a range of leading industries in theatre, lm and TV. Further Careers in Drama and Theatre Studies can include: journalism, production, publishing.
Ways to help my child succeed
Ensure your child accesses all the theatre trips organised by the Drama department throughout the year. Discuss theatre and provide opportunities to widen your child’s experience of different productions. Finally, ensure your son or daughter takes every opportunity to become involved in productions in and outside of school.