Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Stoke Newington School
Drama A level is a challenging and engaging course that allows students to work collaboratively creating new devised work as well as encouraging individual research skills. Drama A level is a challenging and engaging course that allows students to work collaboratively creating new devised work as well as encouraging individual research skills. It is a chance to explore the history of theatre and develop an understanding of how theatre makers communicate to an audience. The course will allow students to perform, create, design and evaluate whilst exploring the work of established practitioners such as Brecht, Stanislavski, Artaud, Complicite and many more. Students will also have an opportunity to apply the skills and understanding they have learnt to creating their own original work.
Component 1 - Devising (40% of overall A level): Students will work in collaboration to create an original performance and can either explore performative or design elements working from given stimulus in light of a chosen practitioner (for example Artaud or Brecht). This component is assessed internally based on practical performance and a log of the devising process.
Component 2 - Text in performance (20%): You will explore a scripted text and in it you will perform one key extract from a given text as well as performing a monologue/duologue from a different text. These two performances are marked by an external examiner.
Component 3 - Theatre makers in practice (2hr 30 min written exam - 40%): It is a written exam but the content is delivered practically. The exam will explore the roles of directors and designers as well as consideringdifferent approaches to interpretation of a set text. This unit explores different approaches to drama and theatre and explores theatrical movements through history and the approaches of a variety of different theatre practitioners. The exam is made up of three sections – A is an evaluation of a live production that the students have seen; B is an extended response to a performance text they have studied considering it from the perspective of a performer and designer and; C is an extended response to a performance text from a director’s perspective in light of a chosen theatre practitioner.
We would prefer you to have a grade B or above in drama at GCSE.
A level drama is recognised for entry into many degree courses. It is useful for those pursuing any career in the arts, from creative to administrative positions, and, importantly, for many other careers. The highly effective communication skills you will develop are extremely useful in management positions and in areas such as journalism, the media, events management, publishing, teaching, public relations and business in general.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.