Drama and Theatre Studies
A-level Drama and Theatre offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.
- 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 subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:
Component 1: Drama and theatre (30% of A Level) which assesses knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre through a study of two set plays and analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.
Component 2: Creating Original Drama (practical) (30% of A Level) which assesses the process of creating devised drama and performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). The devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.
Component 3: Making theatre (practical) (30% of A Level) is a ractical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play. Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).