What will I study?
If you enjoy working practically and solving problems then drama and theatre may be for you. If you take drama and theatre at A-level you will create unique performances, you will put yourself in a director’s shoes and work on a variety of plays and performance projects. You will go to the theatre and build your skills as both a critic and play-maker. You will discover just ‘how magical’ the theatre is and how new practitioners are shaping the stage today following in the footsteps of the great names of our stage and theatre world, such as Brecht, Stanislavski, Artaud.
What do students do afterwards?
Past students have gone on to tread the boards – Sam Barnett (The History Boys), to present on live radio (Jericho Keys) and appear in film, adverts and video (Elliot Hallidu and Lauren Scott-Berry). Others have chosen to study Theatre at places such as The Central School of Speech and Drama in London and LIPA taking performing arts, such as dance, or perhaps you just want to study an A-level that will give you confidence and resilience, making you stand out in a crowd in a highly-competitive world. Whatever your reasons, drama is also accepted by universities, providing UCAS points for your next step in education.
How will I be assessed?
20% theatre workshop; 40% performance, supported by written process and evaluation;
40% written exam.
What can I do to prepare?
If you haven’t done GCSE drama, no worries. In the first term, you will quickly develop your skills and be ready for your drama and theatre journey. Talk to other drama students, come along to Drama Club, get involved in your local amateur dramatics company, go to the theatre, watch film, write, and come and have a chat with the friendly drama staff. As Shakespeare said, ‘All the world’s a stage and we are but players…’.
“I chose to do A-level drama because it is a superb way to gain a deeper understanding into a wide range of situations, topics and ways of life in a way that is active and exciting.” – Pippa Mesley