Why Study Drama and Theatre Studies?
Drama and Theatre Studies has become a highly respectable A level over the last decade
and is valued by universities as a subject connected to both the Arts and the humanities,
including law. The balance of practical skills and academic knowledge as well as a
growing understanding and empathy for the world around us allows students to develop
a wide range of skills and disciplines. Analytical clarity and passionate performance go
hand in hand.
For many students, the most rewarding section of the course is the Live Practical
Performance. In groups, students prepare a piece of drama to be staged, with full
technical support, before a moderator and audience. AS students prepare an excerpt
from an existing play whilst A2 students write, direct, design and perform their pieces of
original drama. Students will also need to see a variety of live performances throughout
the year; study three set texts from different eras and create work in the style of several
important theatrical practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht, Frantic Assembly and
Alecky Blythe. These elements will mainly be assessed through two written papers.
Will I enjoy it?
Drama is a subject with an almost infinite number of starting points, styles and influences.
Whatever your passion, you can explore it through the medium of drama. We aim to make
the study of Drama an enjoyable and positive learning experience. If you are passionate
about acting, directing and performance you will enjoy this course.
What else should I consider?
You must be prepared to put in the extra time that is required, outside of class, for
rehearsals when in productions. There is a large workload so you need to be organised
and have an extremely dedicated and conscientious approach in order to be successful
in both your practical and written work. There is an expectation that you will do some
reading around the subject and research in your own time so you must be selfmotivated:
we would like you to attend as many productions as possible. There will be
opportunities for you to take part in extracurricular drama. You should consider taking up
these opportunities as well as looking for chances to stage your own work as the more
performance experience you have, the more successful you will be in your examined