What Will I Study?
1. Drama and Theatre-Working on set texts of 'Antigone' and 'Our Country's Good' from the point of view of an actor and director. Live Review-Watching performances and analysing them-40%
2. Creating original drama-Devising your own piece of theatre in the style of a practitioner-30%
3. Making theatre-Performing in three different plays-2 in workshop, 1 in performance-30%
1. Drama and Theatre-Working on set texts of 'Antigone' from the point of view of an actor and director. Live Review-Watching performances and analysing them-40%
2. Making theatre-Performing in three different plays-2 in workshop, 1 in performance-60%
Practical workshops developing skills in the techniques of practitioners.
Working in different theatre styles such as realism, physical and storytelling theatre.
Rehearsing plays for performance.
Devising original theatre pieces through improvisation and script writing.
Acting out scenes in character.
Question and answer.
Gapped handouts based on the practical work to help you structure your essays.
Discussing a huge range of ideas such as psychology and politics and relating them to the worlds of your characters.
Warming up and playing theatre games.
Finding specific performance examples in the text to back up your interpretation.
1. Written exam-40%-3 hrs. 'Antigone'/'Our Country's Good'/'Live Review
2. Devising-30%-Portfolio and performance
3. Making theatre-30%-Portfolio and Performance-Workshop on 2 texts/performance of third.
1. Written exam-40%-3 hrs. 'Antigone'/'Live Review
2. Making theatre-60%-Portfolio and Performance-Workshop on 2 texts/performance of third.
While some students do, after rigorous audition processes, go to Drama School after completing A Levels, the most common destination after completing this course, is Higher Education. Our students have progressed onto degrees at some of the best universities in the country for drama and theatre related study, including the University of Exeter, the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway. The course equips students with essential skills for further study such as essay writing and analysis and evaluation, suitable for other degree course as well, especially Arts and Humanities subjects. Teamwork, communication skills, project management, time management and confidence are all also developed over the course through practical assignments and provide an excellent grounding for future employment, in areas such as teaching, sales and events management.
We are lucky to have our own theatre. A level and AS students are expected to sign up to the offers at Sundial Theatre as we are able to video performances for the Live Review. You will receive a letter but generally we offer 5 shows for around £45. It is important that most of these are attended.
In the second year we tend to go further afield, taking day trips to a theatre in a city such as Bristol.
We offer a residential trip to London in the second year of the course to see some of the most interesting performances in London, staying overnight in a hostel. This trip costs about £200 but is not mandatory.
SUNDIAL THEATRE SHOWS FOR LIVE REVIEW-£45 for 5 shows-mandatory.
While it is helpful to have studied Drama and Theatre before, it is fine to study A level without having done so. Experience of being in plays will always be looked on favourably.
Everything is focussed on learning through theatre and therefore it has to be practical. Two thirds of the course is based on practical workshops, devising and performances and both set texts are taught on their feet. But you also have to write about theatre in the exam and your coursework. So we practice writing paragraphs between some of the practical tasks. You will get alot of help on how to write the essays with the resources that will show you how to structure an A level paragraph and describe text when it is performed by an actor.
You will see at least 4 performances by professional companies in the Sundial Theatre, and several performances in other venues. There will also be a Residential trip to London, to see two shows and other events.
At the beginning of the year, the practical exam dates will be explained to you. It is very important that you are there for them as you will not only be representing yourself but your group.
Closer to the exam, you will need to find extra time to rehearse for your final performances. This will be arranged with your teacher.
Progression and Career Opportunities
The top four jobs held by drama and theatre graduates employed in the UK include actors, entertainers and presenters, arts officers, producers and directors and dancers and choreographers.
- Community Arts Worker
- Drama Therapist
- Theatre Director
Higher Education and drama schools – 60%
Employment – 7%