Drama and Theatre Studies A Level *Fees Payable* at Rochester Independent College
Exam board: AQA
DRAM 1 – Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play The students will see live theatre in a variety of styles and are expected to be able to communicate their understanding of the play through detailed consideration of the overall effect of the production seen. The students also study in depth the play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare. Aspects of the play that we explore include character relationships, physicality of a performance and use of voice, creation of mood and atmosphere and actor/ audience relationship.
DRAM 2 – Presentation of an Extract from a Play The students practically explore a range of different forms of theatre including the theatrical styles of Constantin Stanislavski, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht and the Theatre of Dionysus. They then have to rehearse and present an extract of a play in the style of one of the areas and complete a supporting document of approximately 2000 words.
DRAM 3 – Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century The students study two plays from two different perspectives. The first is ‘A Servant of Two Masters’ by Carlo Goldoni and the second is ‘The Trial’ by Steven Berkoff. For Goldoni, the class practically explore the plays themes in its traditional style – Commedia Dell’Arte. The second play is considered from the point of view of a director and the class explore ‘Total Theatre’. We also look at other Berkoff works to gain a stronger understanding on his point of view of theatre as well as the writings of Franz Kafka who wrote the original novella which the play is adapted from.
DRAM 4 - Unit 4 DRAM4 Presentation of Devised Drama The students have teacher-led workshops on different types of theatre such as Physical Theatre, Epic Theatre, Political Theatre and Verbatim Theatre. They then have to create their own devised piece of theatre for presentation in one of the styles practical explored. Alongside this work the students also must complete a supporting document of approximately 2000 words.
Assessment methods: 60% Written Papers (2 at AS, 1 at A2), 40% Practical Presentation (1 at AS, 1 at A2)
Length of exams: DRAM 1A - 45mins, DRAM 1B – 45mins, DRAM 3 – 2 hours
Overlap with other subjects: Drama has some obvious overlaps with English Literature and Film Studies in regards to deconstructing texts. Creative students also engage well with the syllabus as it is a practical discipline.
How to apply
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