A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at St Mary's RC High School
"Drama" refers to written texts intended for performance, as well as to original work devised in
practical workshop conditions.
"Theatre" refers to a complete audience centred experience which integrates actors' performance with
The course is designed to:
encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of drama and theatre, through
experience as audience members and through the development of their own dramatic and
encourage students' knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural contexts of drama
and theatre through detailed study of dramatic texts in their context, and of the work of
prescribed theatre practitioners.
develop students' ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to
theatre in performance through studying and attending theatrical performances of drama written
in different periods, in different styles and with different aims.
There are four modules provided.13
AS level consists of
practical performed drama, from a published play, presented in groups of between two and eight.
Students are assessed on preparatory and development work as well as performance. There is the
linked study of an influential theatrical practitioner also and students have to maintain personal
portfolios of the whole process.
the study of one set text, from any period between Ancient Greek, and contemporary Drama.
Questions are focused on the interpretation of the play from a performance perspective. There is
also a personal response to live theatre seen during the course.
A2 consists of
practical devised drama, working in groups of two to eight, performed in a theatrical style of the
students' choice. Nominated skills and personal portfolios are assessed. Research is undertaken.
the study of two texts, one from the Restoration to the end of the Nineteenth Century and one
from the Twentieth Century and Contemporary Drama, again from a performance perspective.
The second section is synoptic and requires suggestions for a complete stage realisation of a
short extract from the selected set text.
Students should have at least a grade B Drama GCSE. They must have experience of performing in and attending live theatre. The ability to work co-operatively with others is of paramount importance. Self- discipline and commitment to extra rehearsals are vital requirements.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.