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Drama at Hanham Woods Academy

Course description

This course is special because it involves group work and performance work. It will interest and challenge all those students who are fascinated by the world of performing arts. This is a course about creating performances, and will appeal to students interested in acting, writing and design. The course will expect you to visit the theatre as often as possible, both amateur and professional productions. Trips will be organised to see the best in live theatre around Bristol and Bath, but students should see performance work on their own too. They should also be prepared to visit the Ballet, Contemporary Dance and the Opera as well as listening to plays on radio, and seeing street theatre and performance poetry.

The nature of the work requires a high level of commitment and responsibility, and will of necessity mean spending some time out of school time on projects and visiting performances. Because of its practical nature it will be an excellent compliment to many other courses on offer at Hanham High School. It has obvious connections with English ‘A’ Level, Media Studies, ‘A’ Level Design Technology, Psychology and Sociology. The written elements also support essay-based subjects like History.

Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen & Prescribed Play This is a one hour and thirty minute written examination in which you will answer questions on a production you have seen and on a play chosen by your teacher(s).

Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play This is a practical exam in which you will present an extract from a whole play text, the assessment will also include the submission of notes on the development of your performance. Unit 1 provides a foundation for the rest of the course, enabling students to learn how to analyse a play in a variety of ways and become familiar with the ways written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. Students become used to working practically, gain familiarity with using a script, learn about the craft of the playwright and how a play is structured, understand theatre terminology and experience theatre as an informed audience member. In Unit 2 students have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and understanding, and to develop and demonstrate their skills in a performance environment.

Entry requirements

It is essential that students have a GCSE in Drama or in an equivalent subject such as the Creative & Media diploma. The equivalent of a Grade B in such subjects is an entry requirement.

It is important that students studying Drama Post 16 should have shown themselves interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work. You will be involved with performances during the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hanham Woods Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years