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AS/ A level Theatre Studies assesses your engagement with play texts and your practical skills as an actor, designer or director. You are expected to become committed to the experience of live theatre. This will hopefully lead to a life-long interest in theatre-going as well as making the two year course a memorable one. The theoretical and practical elements of A level Drama and Theatre make it both a challenging and a very rewarding subject. It is by no means a soft option.
In the first year you undertake a practical exploration and a theatrical interpretation of passages taken from play texts you and your class chose with your teacher’s help, and suiting the tastes and make-up of the group.
You can contribute as either a performer, designer or director, and you learn how to write about the performance, as preparation for the second year portfolio.
You study two play texts which you will revisit in the second year thus creating a continuity between the two years of A level study.
In the second year of the course, you deepen your engagement with the two play texts, re-thinking the plays in line with the emphasis of the A level paper.
The practical element of the A level Drama and Theatre requires you and your class collaboratively to create a devised theatrical piece and to undertake a practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts taken from different plays. You will be assessed by a visiting examiner on the performance.
You can contribute as actor, designer or director and you produce a portfolio to accompany the practical work, providing evidence of how you analysed, interpreted and evaluated the performance.
What sort of work is involved?
A level Drama and Theatre requires skills in two different areas: practical and theoretical. Not only do you need to enjoy reading, and be able to write essays, but you also need a commitment to live theatre and a capacity to work collaboratively, with your class-mates, on the practical elements of the course.
Practical work accounts for 60% of A level Drama and Theatre, so you need to think carefully if you are mostly interested in reading plays rather than performing in them. If your main interest is practical, do be aware of the importance of producing a portfolio in which you write, in an evaluative and self-reflecting way, about the practical work.
This is the only A level in which teamwork is a feature and you really do need to enjoy working with others. For many students this is the most rewarding aspect of the course and after all, working with others is a life skill better acquired sooner than later! And you don’t need to study pre 20th century texts.
What background do I need?
You will need 5 GCSEs (minimum grade C or equivalent), to include English (minimum grade B/5 or equivalent). A Drama GCSE gives a starting point but is not necessary. An interest in live theatre is however a vital requirement: you need to feel happy about the prospect of spending evenings during the course of year 12 and 13 on regular theatre trips.
If you are aiming at drama school A level Theatre is incredibly useful, and it is good preparation for Drama at university, and for Creative Writing courses. Learners considering joint courses in English and Theatre should certainly consider studying both these subjects at A level.
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