Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at King Edward VI Community College
Drama and Theatre Studies is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. You will be expected to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage. In order to be successful and enjoy this subject, you will need to have a keen interest in the history of drama and study the practitioners, theatrical forms and conventions that make theatre such a compelling and exciting subject. You must be able to analyse and critically deconstruct the work you study, create and witness. It is recommended that students have achieved a C in GCSE Drama and English.
The department has an excellent team of practitioners, supported by a theatre technician. It is energetic and successful, putting on a number of shows every year and getting involved in projects such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival, National Youth Theatre and Frantic Assembly Workshops. Productions and lessons benefit from the use of a raked 320 seat theatre. Students are encouraged to learn beyond their lessons and to take part in projects within and beyond College such as Devon Youth Theatre and the major annual College production.
Grade C or above in GCSE Drama and English
This course is designed to help you develop strong practical theatre skills backed up by sound knowledge of dramatic theory and practice. You will study play texts, review live theatre and perform in work that you have devised yourself as well as extracts from established texts. You will work on movement, voice and characterisation and keep a detailed portfolio of your process.
Theatre Studies is welcomed by higher education establishments on a par with other subjects. There is a considerable amount of academic rigour to this course which, combined with the practical element and approach, makes this an exciting and interesting course. Many students gain places on university courses connected with Theatre.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.