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Drama & Theatre Studies AS at The King Alfred School

Course description

AS Drama & Theatre Studies:

Unit 1

You will study two play texts in full from the 20th Century producing 3000 word written document, as well as looking at the work of Brecht in great detail. By the end of the year you will have a confident grasp of Alienation and the use of Political theatre.

The acting techniques of Stanislavski are explored in practice and you will get the chance to learn new technical effects and processes. This will enable you to improve your practical acting skills and give you great understanding of motivation and Method acting. Other practitioners and styles of theatre are explored in detail and you will also have five weeks to explore and consolidate skills of your choice. In the past students have chosen to complete projects for primary schools, taken part in Combat and Make up workshops as well as improving improvisation, diction and expression.

Much of this work is of a practical nature and you will be expected to analyse and evaluate the responses of the actor taking on roles within the plays studied as well as the way the script is structured.

Finally we see at least one piece of live theatre during the year, and you will then write a 1000 word Review of the play seen.

Unit 2

Section A: This section is a practical performance of a monologue or duologue. You will produce 2 to 4 minute piece and it will be all your own work. Staff are allowed to give advice, but you will direct yourselves and produce a controlled assessment entry of 500 words to document your rehearsal and working process. The exam is usually on a separate evening with an invited audience and external examiner.

Section B: A whole group practical performance directed by the teacher is the main task in this unit. Direction and concept is shaped by the group and we do not choose the play until half term in the autumn so that we have time to determine the strengths and inclination of the class. There is no written work attached to this task. The exam takes place in March during an evening performance for an invited audience and an external examiner.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including either Maths and/or English Language


Unit 1: Some of the lessons are filmed for the moderator, but your teacher is the examiner. A written SWED of 3000 words stemming from the lessons is required. The theatre experience evaluative essay completes this unit. Unit 1 is worth 60% of the total AS.

Unit 2: Both performances are assessed by a visiting examiner. Your monologue or duologue performance will be supported by 500 words written document supporting your rehearsal process. This unit makes up 40% of the total AS.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Alfred School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

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