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Theatre Studies at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

The course is largely practical and is based upon the study of theatre texts, devised work and improvisational skills.  Students will study texts from the point of view of director, designer, performer and critic.


The aim of the course is to promote an enjoyment of and interest in Drama and theatre both as a participant and an informed member of an audience.

Course content

Topics Covered
Texts: Practitioners:

  • The Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Dario Fo
  • The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
  • Lysistrata – Aristophanes


  • Stanislavski
  • Brecht
  • Artaud

Skills Developed

• Performance skills
• Communication
• Co-operation
• Imagination
• Creativity
• Theatre History

Trips and Outings

Regular visits to see a range of performances and workshops are a compulsory part of the course.  Over the last two years the students have seen:

Tierno Bokar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Tristan and Yseult, Richard III, A Night at the Circus, 2000 Years, Perfect, History Boys, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Han Lenny Pope, Peter Brook, 1984, The Believers.

Entry requirements

  • Drama GCSE grade C or above or prior experience outside of school English Grade B or above.






Method of Assessment


Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre

40% of AS

20 % of A2

Exploration of 2 plays chosen by the centre

Unit 2 – Theatre text in Performance


60% of AS

30 % of A2

A practical exam externally assessed in two sections:

  • Students perform either a monologue or duologue
  • Students perform in groups an extract form a published play


Unit 3 – Exploration of dramatic Performance

40% of AS

20% of total GCE

Teacher assessed unit – the devising of an original piece of theatre

Unit 4 – Theatre text in context

60% of AS

30% of total GCE

This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development


Future opportunities

Suggested Career Paths

Degree courses in Drama/Performing Arts/Acting/Stage management/Theatre

Jobs that require confidence and communication skills


Further information

For more information about this course: Please contact Alex Green, Head of Theatre Studies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Edexcel