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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at The Elmgreen School

Course description

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.

Lessons are a healthy combination of practical learning supported by the necessary academic theory needed to understand the work being studied. Learning takes place through the following: practical workshops, researching background material on a playwright, written research, rehearsal of a production, participating in improvisation, devised work and class discussion.

Course content

AS Level: Exploration of Drama and Theatre through theory and practice - written coursework and practical assessments following in-depth study of two full-length plays. Theatre Text in Performance
Section A - An in-depth study of a full length play culminating in an externally examined unit – students will be asked to provide a written concept of the interpretation of their chosen roles or designs.
Section B - Completion of a written concept and externally examined performances of monologues/duologues (60%).
A2 Level: Exploration of Dramatic Performance - devising and performance of an original piece of drama which is conceived, researched, adapted, edited and directed by the students. Students will be assessed on the research and development stages of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience (40%). Students are required to complete a set of 10 essays as their written coursework (40%). Theatre Text in Context

A 2 hour 30 minute externally examined written paper requiring the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development. This essay paper requires the student to explore the chosen play from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way. Students are also required to critically evaluate a live performance from a chosen period and make critical comparisons to the original staging conditions of the play (60%).

Entry requirements

Grade B in Drama or English at GCSE

Future opportunities

The course can lead you to studying drama at university, drama school or a Performing Arts course at the end of your A Level. Many students go on to study Drama and Theatre Studies/Performing Arts at a higher level and progress to working in theatre, television, film and video. It has also proved invaluable in the journalistic, teaching and legal professions.
When students study Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level it invests the individual with invaluable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in a practical and academic setting.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 June 2015
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