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Drama and Theatre is a popular subject as it complements many others, particularly the Arts and Humanities subjects. Even if students are not planning on studying Drama and Theatre beyond A-Level, it not only broadens knowledge of and deepens an interest in theatre, but can also increase confidence, communication skills and encourage analytical discussion.

Experience or knowledge of theatre is not an essential entry requirement, but students wishing to take the subject should be creative and have the ability to use their imagination.

As the students need to work together as an ensemble, to create their practical pieces, it is very important that the students commit to the rehearsal process.

What is covered by the course?

Component 1 - Devising

  • Devise an original performance piece
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli
  • Performer or designer routes available

Component 3 - Text in Performance

  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text

Component 4 - Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Live theatre evaluation (choice of performance)
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text, focusing on how this can be realised for performance
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner, focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience

How is it examined?

Paper 1 - Non-Examination Assessment

  • Devising
  • There are two parts to the assessment; a portfolio and devised performance/design realisation
  • 40% of the A-Level

Paper 2 - Non-Examination Assessment

  • Text in Performance
  • A group performance/design realisation and a monologue or duolog performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text
  • 20% of the A-Level

Paper 3 - Written Examination (2 hours 30 minutes)

  • Theatre Makers in Practice component focusing on a live theatre evaluation, realising the performance text and interpreting a performance text
  • 40% of the A-Level

Related university courses & careers?

Drama and Theatre A-level not only helps students to obtain acting skills, but also listening and communication skills, which are vital for academic life and many subsequent careers. Theatre Studies works well with all Arts and Humanities subjects and any field where communication skills are important. Drama and Theatre A-level can lead to studying Drama at university on either a single subject degree course or as part of a combined honours degree course. A Drama degree might be used either as a primary focus of employment e.g. an actor, director, theatre designer, or as a secondary skill supporting employment in a loosely related careers linked to the Arts, producing, researching or teaching.

Suggested literature & resources

‘Woyzeck’ by Georg Bűchner (translated by John Mackendrick)
‘Hedda Gabler’ by Henrik Ibsen (adapted by Richard Eyre) 
‘Equus’ by Peter Shaffer 
‘An Actor Prepares’ by Stanislavski
‘The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre’ by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett

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