Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Cirencester College
Component 1: Writing About Theatre
You’re going to learn about what actors, directors and designers do to interpret plays in performance.
You’ll experience this through theatre workshops that will bring the plays onto their feet.
You will study Antigone a tragedy learning to create performances which are powerful and moving.
You will also study Our Country’s Good learning how to direct it to move the audience and make them laugh as well as think about the themes.
You’ll also see Live Theatre and learn how to review it, watching professional companies in Cirencester College’s Sundial Theatre. You’ll also go on a residential trip to London to watch performances at the National Theatre amongst others.
Component 2: Making Theatre: Devising a Play
This is your chance to create something of your own. You will make an original piece of theatre in a group working in the style of a practitioner. You will put this together during the second year and perform it in the Sundial Theatre studio space.
Component 3: Making Theatre-Performing Extracts
This is your chance to perform a range of roles as an actor. You’re going to perform three different play extracts and learn how to interpret them. The third extract will be performed in the style of a theatre practitioner such as Stanislavski.
While some students do, after rigorous audition processes, go to Drama School after completing A Levels, the most common destination after completing this course, is Higher Education. Our students have progressed onto degrees at some of the best universities in the country for drama and theatre related study, including the University of Exeter, the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway. The course equips students with essential skills for further study such as essay writing and analysis and evaluation, suitable for other degree course as well, especially Arts and Humanities subjects. Teamwork, communication skills, project management, time management and confidence are all also developed over the course through practical assignments and provide an excellent grounding for future employment, in areas such as teaching, sales and events management.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.