Drama & Theatre Studies

This course is designed for students who enjoy reading, writing about and watching plays and taking part in drama as a performer, director or designer. Students will get the opportunity to: • Create, perform and respond to drama and theatre • Develop creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers

• Explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles, periods and historical/social contexts

• Learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision making in your own practical work and put this understanding into practice

• Experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate. You will communicate your ideas about two set texts in a written

exam; the set texts include: ‘Antigone’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘The Servant of Two Masters’, ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’, ‘Yerma’, ‘The Glass Menagerie’, ‘Metamorphosis’ and ‘Our Country’s Good’. You will develop your acting and directing skills as well as your

drama knowledge and understanding, staging extracts from three different plays as well as creating your own original devised piece. You will see a wide range of live theatre in a variety of styles to help inform your own ideas. You will also research the work of key practitioners whose techniques you will draw upon when creating your own work.

1: Drama and theatre • Written exam: 3 hours • Open book 80 marks • 40% of A Level. Section A: one question on one of the set plays (25 marks). Section B: one two-part question on a given extract from one of the set plays (25 marks). Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks).

2. Creating original drama • Working notebook (40 marks) • Devised performance (20 marks) • 30% of A Level Process of creating and performing devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

3. Making theatre • Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks) • Reflective report (20 marks) • 30% of A Level. Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play. Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3. 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. This component is marked by AQA.

A Level Exam Board: AQA

ENTRY REQUIREMENT The content of the A Level specification follows on from the AQA GCSE Drama specification enabling a smooth transition. However, GCSE Drama is not a requirement for students who want to take the A Level course. Each student will be considered on an individual basis.

Please note: this is a two year course.

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