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A2 Drama and Theatre Studies at Phoenix Academy

Course description

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. You are also required to write about drama and develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights. You need to be curious about issues and ideas and to have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of the theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Theatre trips to see plays performed by different theatre companies will be a feature of the course. A2 Units Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance (40%) This unit requires you to create an original and unique piece of theatre. Your starting point may be stimulus material, themes, ideas and contemporary issues. You will be assessed on the research and development of your work as well as the final performance in front of an invited audience. You will also be required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of your work. Unit 4 – Theatre in Context (60%) This unit takes the form of a two and a half hour written paper. There are three sections to this paper. In Sections A and B one play will be studied and explored from the point of view of a director from a choice of three set texts. You will explore the play in both an academic and practical way. You will be required to develop and shape your ideas for a proposed production of the play. In Section C an historic period of theatre history will be chosen. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be experienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play. You will be required to evaluate the ways in which directors, designers and performers have used the medium of drama to interpret the chosen play in a contemporary performance and to relate this experience to your understanding of its original performance conditions.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C Grade B to study specific A Level or Grade B English Language if subject has not been studied previously

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Phoenix Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year