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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

Coursework - 40% of the qualification
In this component students will develop their creative and exploratory skills to devise an original performance. The starting point for this devising process will be an extract from a performance text and an influential theatre practitioner. In their creative explorations, students will learn how text can be manipulated to communicate meaning to audiences and they will begin the process of interpretation. They will
gain an understanding of how a new performance could be developed through the practical exploration of the theatrical style and use of conventions of the chosen practitioner.

Three areas of focus: Developing a devised piece, group performance of the devised performance, evaluating the devised process.

Component 2: Text in performance
Coursework - 20% of the qualification
Students will develop and demonstrate theatre making skills as a performer. They will explore how they realise artistic intentions in performance. The knowledge and understanding acquired through the study of one key extract from a performance text
in Component 1 can be applied to assist in the interpretation and realisation of key extracts from performance texts. Two areas of focus: A monologue/duologue and a group performance of an extract of text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written Exam - 40% of the qualification
This component requires students to consider, analyse and evaluate how different theatre makers create impact. Throughout this component, students will consider how production ideas and dramatic elements are communicated to an audience from the perspective of a director, a performer and a designer. Three areas of focus: A live theatre evaluation, Page to stage (realisation of a complete performance text), Interpreting one complete performance text, in light of one practitioner for a contemporary audience.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE’S including Drama Grade 9-5 and an acceptance of the significant and necessary extra-curricular commitment. GCSE English Language at Grade 5 or above.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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