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Theatre International Baccalaureate at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

The IB Diploma Programme theatre course (Group 6) is multifaceted. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists. The course emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble.

Students experience the theatre course from contrasting artistic perspectives. They learn to apply research and theory to contextualise and inform their work. They are encouraged to appreciate that through the processes of creating, researching, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre—as participants and audience members—one gains a richer understanding of oneself, one’s community and the world.

Through the study of theatre, students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives, developing an appreciation of the diversity of theatre practices and their processes. The course promotes international mindedness and enables students to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture. The theatre core syllabus at HL and SL will consist of three interrelated areas: Theatre in Context; Theatre Processes; Presenting Theatre

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study theatre should have at least a grade B in GCSE drama. There is no pre-requisite to have studied drama at GCSE, but in this case you will need to have at least grade 5 in GCSE English.


Assessment is carried out by means of three (HL) or two (SL) externally assessed pieces of work and one internal assessment.

The weighting of the assessment is divided between the three / four units as outlined below:

Internal Assessment
Exploring Performance Practices from Around the World (SL – 35 per cent / HL – 20 per cent)

Give a presentation on their Practical Research into Performance which includes a live 13‐15 minute presentation about an unfamiliar practice from the perspective of performer and include a list of sources.

External Assessment
Examining a Play Text (SL – 30 per cent / HL – 20 per cent)
Produce a Director’s Notebook (20‐30 pages) which explores the proposed staging of a published play text of their choice. It should include research into the cultural and theoretical context of the play. Include a 300 word description of their vision and directorial interpretation.

Creating Original Theatre (SL – 35 per cent / HL – 25 per cent)
Take part in a Collaborative Theatre Project, creating an original piece of theatre from a stimulus. Submit a process portfolio (15‐20 pages) to show how they have worked with others and what their contribution was. Include a 5‐6 minutes unedited video recording and written commentary (400‐500 words).

Theatre Theory in Practice (HL ONLY– 35 per cent)
At HL create and present a performance informed by a theatre theorist and an element of their theory. The Theatre Theory in Practice assessment includes a process portfolio (7‐ 10 pages), a 5‐10 minutes unedited video recording of the performance and a written analysis of the selected recording (750‐1000 words).

Future opportunities

Students of Higher Level theatre studies can progress to many university and Higher Education courses with a creative or cultural element such as English, American studies, drama, creative writing, theatre production, stage management, dance, music, choreography, musical theatre. Studying at a specialist drama school can lead to professional work in the entertainment field. Teaching, arts administration and journalism are other possible career paths.

The creative and collaborative skills acquired through theatre studies can also be useful in a wide variety of careers such as business, events management and broadcasting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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