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Drama & Theatre Studies at The Bishop's Stortford High School

Course description

Examination Board: EDEXCEL.

'Theatre is simply what cannot be expressed by any other means; a complexity of words, movements, gestures that convey a vision of the world inexpressible in any other way.'

Eugene Ionesco.

This exciting course involves the study of plays 'from page to stage'. The emphasis is on the practical exploration of texts and the process by which they are transferred to the performance space. Theory underpins the practical work, providing a foundation for the decisions made as actor, director or designer.

Theatre visits are an essential element of the course and there is a wide range of performance opportunity, including small-scale workshop performances, Theatre in-Education projects and full productions of plays. The course covers the history of theatre,directing, textual analysis, critical analysis of live theatre forms, performance and devising.

What makes a good Drama and Theatre Studies student?

The successful Drama and Theatre Studies student will possess an enthusiasm, love and passion for the theatre that surpasses the confines of the course of study. A typical Drama student will be driven and never shirk from hard work, aiming for layers of detail and striving for perfection in their performances.

Drama and Theatre Studies requires students to have a thirst for knowledge and understanding of the political, social and cultural context of plays, playwrights, practitioners and their place in theatre history, so a love of reading would be a distinct advantage.

A successful Drama and Theatre Studies student will be committed to being involved in every aspect of the rich extra-curricular programme at TBSHS, dedicated to rehearsing in their own time, mentoring younger students, going to the theatre and attending practical workshops.

What can I expect to learn in Drama and Theatre Studies?

Drama and Theatre Studies aims to provide students with transferable skills that will equip them to function in their everyday working lives. Skills such as readiness, resourcefulness, resilience, responsibility, reflection, research, analysis, team-work, leadership, negotiation, collaboration, using vocal techniques, reading body language and production management. Drama also builds confidence and creativity enabling students to surpass their expectations and achieve their goals.

Drama and Theatre Studies is a subject that is easily combinable with a number of subjects at TBSHS and beyond. English Literature, English Language, History, Politics, Film Studies, Media Studies, Art, Music and Psychology are some of the many possible complementary subjects.

Entry requirements

B grade or above in GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies.



Practical Unit 2 of AS; April/ May (60%). Written Unit 4 of A2; June (60%).


Practical and written Unit 1of AS; September - December (40%). Practical and written Unit 3 of A2; September - January (40%).

Future opportunities

Theatre Studies can be combined with any number of subjects at University. Past students have gone on to study theatre related subjects at University, some have gone into Politics, Media and Law and some have gone to study their craft at prestigious London Drama Schools.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop's Stortford High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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