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Drama & Theatre A Level at St John's Marlborough

Course description

The course requires you to develop and apply an analytical approach to making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. You will need to understand the place of relevant theoretical research in informing the processes and practices involved in practical exploration. You will experience a range of opportunities to create text-based and devised theatre work as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre. You will understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre by developing and demonstrating a range of theatre-making skills.

Course content

Component 1: Exploration and Performance

You will explore drama and theatre through a group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text. You will also create a monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text. You will submit a supporting portfolio. This component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice

This component requires the practical exploration and study of a complete performance text and that you evaluate a live theatre performance. It is an externally examined written paper.

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation You will answer one extended response question requiring you to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance you have seen. You are allowed to take in evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text You will answer two extended response questions on how you might interpret and realise an unseen extract in performance from your chosen text. You answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

Component 1: Devising

You will work as a performer or a designer to devise an original performance piece, using one key extract from a play and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. Your work will be internally assessed and externally moderated through the devised performance/design realisation and a portfolio of evidence.

Component 2: Text in Performance 

You will explore drama and theatre through a group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text. You will also create a monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text. Your performance will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 

You will practically explore and study a complete text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance. You will practically explore and interpret another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner – and how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation: You answer one extended response question requiring you to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance you have seen. You are allowed to bring in evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text : You answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text you have studied. You will demonstrate how you, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance. You answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text: You answer one extended response question using your chosen text. You will demonstrate how your re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience. You will also need to outline how the work of their chosen theatre practitioner has influenced your overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.

Entry requirements

It is useful to have taken Drama at GCSE level but not essential. It is important that you are interested in gaining an understanding of how theatre and plays work and you are keen to be involved with performances.

Assessment

Component 1: Exploration and Performance (Coursework 60% / 96 Marks)

Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice (Written examination 40% / 48 marks)

Component 1: Devising (Coursework 40% / 80 marks)

Component 2: Text in Performance (Coursework 20% / 60 marks)

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (Written examination 40% / 80 marks)

Future opportunities

  • Higher Education courses in most subjects as well as Drama.
  • Employers have identified the most important skills as leadership, management, interpersonal, innovation and creativity and verbal communication. Drama and Theatre Studies will help you to develop these skills.
  • Careers in Acting, Theatre Design, Theatre Administration, Television, Teaching, Selling and Management following appropriate further training. It could be helpful for work requiring good communication skills and a thoughtful, understanding approach to others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Marlborough directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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