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Drama and Theatre Studies at The King Edmund School

Course description

This course will give you a variety of opportunities to develop your dramatic and theatrical skills in both devised and scripted work whilst developing your understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre.

Course content

You will begin by practically exploring two contrasting plays analysing how different staging methods and performance techniques can be used to interpret texts for performance. The knowledge and understanding gained through your analysis will then be applied to two performances for an audience; the first being either a monologue or duologue, and the second being a group performance. In the second year you will be required to work as part of a group to develop a piece of original performance which will be performed to a specific target audience. Practical activities will then be used to examine how classical texts are made relevant for contemporary audiences.


In the first year you are assessed through a variety of methods: practical workshops, two essays and two performances in front of an external examiner. In the second year assessment takes place through a written portfolio, contribution to a performance and a written examination.

Future opportunities

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies combined with other A Level subjects will give you the freedom to continue with a wide range of studies or find employment in a variety of professions. If you have a particular passion for drama and theatre it will lay the foundations for further study (university) and careers in a whole host of industries including; theatre, television, events management, teaching, law, recruitment and human resources.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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