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Drama and Theatre Studies AS level at Malmesbury School

Course description

Theatre is an ever evolving collaborative art form which has been, and continues to be moulded by playwrights and theatrical practitioners who challenge accepted conventions and methodologies. This component requires students to explore the interrelationship between performance text and influential theatre practitioner(s). Students will be required to practically and theoretically explore a text, examining original performance contexts and applying practitioner methodology and associated theatrical conventions. They will explore in workshops and performances, and subsequently analyse and evaluate this theatre-making process. The knowledge and understanding acquired though the practical exploration of performance text and practitioner will be applied to the rehearsal, interpretation and performance. Students will develop exploratory and performance skills and gain knowledge and understanding of text and theatre practice. This is crucial to their engagement with professional artistic work and an understanding of drama and theatre.

Course content

Component 1: Exploration and Performance

There are two sections in this component.

Section A has three areas of focus.

 1) Exploring and interpreting one key extract from a performance text and applying the methods of a practitioner.

 2) A group performance of this key extract.

 3) Analysing and evaluating the exploration process and the key extract performance(s).

Section B has one area of focus. 1) A monologue or a duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.

Component 2 - Theatre Makers in Practice

There are two areas to be covered.

1) A live theatre evaluation

2) Page to stage: realisation of a complete performance text.




  • Component 1: Coursework, 60% of the qualification, 96 marks.
  • Component 2: Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 40% of the qualification, 48 marks.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year