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Drama and Theatre Studies

STATEMENT OF INTENT FOR DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES

Drama and Theatre students at Charters School will explore their creativity through a variety of styles, themes and topics. Students will become confident and independent thinkers, who are able to critically analyse the roles within theatre and live productions. Students will have an appreciation of their own work and others, always demonstrating respect and empathy. They will participate in an engaging, practical curriculum, that supports the development of new acting skills, as well nurturing existing talent.

This means:

  • They will study a range of practitioners, plays and styles of theatre, in order to develop their practical and theoretical understanding of Drama.
  • Through verbal and written evaluations, they will confidently articulate and analyse live productions and their own performances. Within this, they will identify drama techniques and skills and form a critical opinion.
  • They will regularly make, perform and respond to Drama, in order to develop their own practice, through the delivery of a broad and exciting curriculum.
  • They will develop core transferable skills, such as communication, co-operation and confidence that will assist them in any chosen career path

SUMMARY OF CURRICULUM

A-Level Theatre Studies is a well-balanced course offering students extensive opportunities in practical exploration alongside a genuine academic qualification. You will examine two set texts throughout the Theatre Studies course as well as developing your understanding of a variety of practical approaches and styles. You will be taken to see professional theatre both regionally and in London. You will develop key skills, such as: acting skills, critical evaluative skills, analytical skills, quality of written communication, creativity, negotiation, diplomacy, assertiveness and resilience, a broadening and deepening of theatrical knowledge and an increased understanding of theatrical style, genre, form and approach.

From A-level, students can progress to higher level study in a range of subjects such as Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies or other non-theatrical subjects such as English, History, Sociology, Geography and Business Studies to name but a few.  Students can also progress onto a specialised Drama school or seek employment in a theatrical field if they wish to specialise in a theatrical role.  Guidance is given for this as required.

COURSE DETAILS

Component 1: The study of text and live theatre which leads towards a final examination at the end of the course. 

You will be taken to see live shows, learn vital deconstructive and analytical skills in order to help you evaluate the work of theatre makers.  You will also be taught how to interpret texts from different periods.  The texts we will use will be Antigone by Sophocles and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker. 

Component 2: The preparation and performance of a devised piece of drama.

You will learn how to create an effective piece of devised theatre and will learn how to theatrically document the process of your creation through the construction of a working notebook.  You will learn about key theatrical practitioners during this unit so that you can apply theatrical methodology to their own practice.

Component 3: The practical exploration and interpretation of three different textual extracts.

You will learn how to approach a range of theatre as you are guided through a series of workshops on three varying textual extracts.  You will develop your ability to apply the work of theatrical practitioner in this unit and will be expected to prepare your third extract for performance.  You will create a reflective report on your work and will learn how to realise artistic intention as well as develop your skills of personal theatrical evaluation.

KEY STAGE 5 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for Charters Sixth Form can be viewed here

In addition to these the subject specific entry requirements for Drama and Theatre Studies are:

GCSE grade 5 in Drama or Merit in BTEC Performing Arts.
GCSE grade 4 in English Language or Literature.

EXAM BOARD

AQA

BE INSPIRED

Take a look around the links below to find our where this exciting subject could lead.

Complementary Subjects

The is an academic subject so will work well alongside most A-level courses. English Literature and the analysis skills covered here work well in partnership with the Drama course.

Future Opportunities

The possibilities are endless. Drama will enable you to demonstrate many skills which employers and universities will be looking for.
A number of students forge successful careers as Actors, Directors, Lighting or Sound Designers, Costume, Hair and Make-Up Designers or Stage Designers.
There are many other career paths within the industry including Stage Managers, Press and PR Managers and Producers.

Be Inspired by Exploring Further

PLAY

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The Play by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time offers a richly theatrical exploration of this touching and bleakly humorous tale.

WEBSITE

Drama Online 

This award-winning digital library that has been created as a response to the need for a high-quality online research tool for drama and literature students, professors, and teachers. It combines exclusively available playtext content and scholarly publications with filmed live performances, film adaptations and audio plays.

PODCASTS

Three on the Aisle

A podcast featuring drama critics Peter Marks, Terry Teachout, and Elisabeth Vincentelli as they talk about theatrical shows in America and trends from coast to coast.

Twins Talk Theatre

Twins Cynthia Hennon Marino and Stacy Hennon Stone host a weekly podcast talking to the people behind the curtains. Take a trip back stage to learn what it takes to put on a production: design process, music study and execution, paperwork, meetings, management, unions, and all the excitement backstage that the audience doesn’t get to see.