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DRAMA and THEATRE STUDIES A Level at The Sandon School

Course description

This is an interesting and enjoyable course which will appeal to those with a love of theatre, acting, directing, designing and the study of theatre history. Research, exploring a variety of play texts, creating plays and improving your ability to interpret solo/duologue and ensemble scripts are key to your success. Watching professional plays at the theatre and learning to critically analyse performance and production elements are also integral elements to the course.

Course content

Unit 1 Exploration of drama and theatre
- Study of two contrasting plays from two time periods. Practical exploration of each play and the study of practitioners including Stanislavski and Brecht.
- Produce a portfolio of exploration notes from practical workshops to share your explorations and analyse the style, content and playwrights’ intention. Also produce a short live theatre critical review.

Unit 2 Theatre Text in performance
- Perform a monologue or duologues plus an ensemble play text to a visiting examiner.

Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance
- Work with your class to devise your own original play from a given stimulus. Produce a written record of your creative process and final product.

Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context
- In depth study and practical exploration of a play text from a historical, cultural and political perspective. Annotated play text produced.
- Compare a live production at the theatre with its original performance conditions, prepare notes, complete a written examination based upon your studies. Annotated texts and notes can be taken into the exam.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a grade B or above if you have studied Drama at GCSE, although it is not a requirement to have studied Drama before, or to be a good actor! Students are also required to have achieved a grade B or above in English GCSE as there is an important written element to the course. It is also crucial that students are committed and self-motivated and able to attend rehearsals after school hours occasionally.

Future opportunities

Opportunities include: university to study drama, performing arts, theatre, film, media, English literature or any arts or humanities degree; Drama School e.g., RADA, Central School of Speech & Drama, Bristol Old Vic; higher apprenticeship e.g., at BAFTA or the BBC; any career valuing excellent communication skills, leadership, creativity, design, research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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