Drama and Theatre Studies

James Reevell
James Reevell

WHAT IS DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES?

Drama and Theatre Studies is an exciting and fulfilling subject in which you will work together with imagination and creativity, performing a variety of material and exploring the social, historical and cultural influences in drama and performance, whilst also developing your own technique.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

The course will allow you to develop your acting, directing and analysis skills. You will have the opportunity to experience live performances and apply your knowledge to analyse and develop performances.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES?

As part of the Drama and Theatre Studies course, you will develop your skills in devising techniques, character development (voice and movement), working from scripts, technical theatre and the analysis and evaluation of play texts along with live theatre performance.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will be both internally and externally assessed as part of the course, participating in assessed workshops and live performances as a group and as monologues and duologues. You will also sit a written examination focusing on the analysis of varied material.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

The course is suitable for committed performers with a love of theatre who wish to pursue interests and skills in acting, directing, costume, setting and technical design. It is perfect preparation for those wishing to pursue the Arts or Drama in Higher Education, or as support for any course requiring good communication and group work skills.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES?

Drama is a requirement for a number of degree courses including Acting, Directing, Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts and Technical Theatre. As a creative and academic subject it is well regarded by universities to support an application in most subjects.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

As part of your studies, you will explore two play texts via teacher-led workshops, considering the context and development of character and culminating in a written piece of coursework based on this exploration. You will also attend a live theatre performance, evaluating the acting style, themes and production elements of the performance.

In your practical work, you will prepare two exam performances; a group piece and a monologue or duologue. As part of this you will develop your acting technique through building vocal and movement skills, characterisation and communication in performance. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in devising from a stimulus in the style of a theatre practitioner and with consideration of a specific audience. You will also analyse two play texts both practically and theoretically in preparation for a written exam.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

Drama and Theatre Studies students participate in regular trips to the theatre to watch a range of performances. Students also have the opportunity to visit London where you will tour Shakespeare’s Globe, watch West End productions and participate in workshops to develop your knowledge and technique. There is also the opportunity to see Contemporary Dance and Physical Theatre shows with the Dance department. Every year Drama and Theatre Studies students participate in the RSFC Musical Production which has included hits such as Grease, We Will Rock You and The Wedding Singer.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, or 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, a grade C/Pass or above is required in GCSE/BTEC Drama or Performing Arts