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Theatre Studies A-Level at Reading School

Course description

The course consists of a nice balance between practical and written work. One of the most exciting aspects of both the AS and A2 courses is that you are given the freedom to work on a production as performer, director or designer. This work is accompanied by brief supporting notes but by and large, it is a performance led component and is worth 40% of your final grade. At AS you perform a section of an existing play and at A2 you devise your own piece of theatre. The choice of material is completely open and governed by you.

Course content

The written papers include the study of set texts from a performance perspective and analysis of live theatre seen. The emphasis at ‘A’ level is very much on theatre as a performance art and everything is explored from a practical perspective. The plays are taught not as literary texts but as productions to be brought alive which makes the subject vibrant and interesting You are asked to form opinions and analyse every aspect of the work; a useful and difficult skill to master. Visits to the theatre are vital and the focus is on seeing professional work; we will experience a wide variety of style and genre throughout your studies. Most importantly it is a great deal of fun!

Entry requirements

No entry requirements: a genuine interest in Theatre is essential.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years