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Drama A Level at Corfe Hills School

Course description

A2 offers you the opportunity to explore fully all aspects of theatre and performance. Areas of the course focus on creating and performing your own work and that of established playwrights. The practical study and exploration of recognised theatre practitioners and performance styles will inform your working knowledge of theatre, extending your appreciation of the myriad of creative opportunities involved in drama and theatre.  During the course, you will study 2 complete play texts exploring characterisation, the playwright’s intentions, cultural influences and how production elements such as lighting, performance space and costume etc can be used to interpret and communicate the words of the play to an audience.

Course content

The focus is very much the imaginative input and creative control of you, the student, being the director, designer and choreographer. The course then allows you to make the creative decisions, justifying your approach with knowledge of theatre practice and study of the plays.

Financial information

Component 1: Devising                 40%          /80 marks   Internally Assessed                                        
Students research, develop and produce an unique piece of devised theatre in a small group which is internally assessed. Part of the process is developing and applying their knowledge of a recognised theatre practitioner to the final piece. A written portfolio of 3,000 words which analyses and evaluates the creative process and final performance is submitted.     

Component 2: Text in Performance     20%      /60marks     Externally Assessed                 
Students perform in small groups an extract from a published play text.             /36                        
II) Individually, students perform a monologue from a contrasting 2nd play text.    /24

Component 3: Theatre in Practice       40%       /80marks  2hr 30min Written Exam    
A) Live Theatre Evaluation with 500 word notes permitted                                    /20                                      
B) Page to Stage: Unseen extract from studied play provided, focus is on how to stage the extract to communicate the themes of the play, accurate portrayal of character. No text     /36 
C) Student outlines and justifies their production concept for a different text from B. They must include how chosen theatre practitioner has influenced their approach. Blank text.                 /24 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September