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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level
Mr SD Butler
About the subject
Studying Drama encourages students to:
■ develop a personal interest in why drama matters
■ work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
■ consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities
■ reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
■ develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
■ develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama
■ actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with inquiring minds.
Year 12 Overview
In Year 12 students complete the Drama and Theatre AS Level
The AS Level Drama and Theatre qualification consists of two components:
Component 1: Exploration and Performance (60% coursework)
· Take part in a group performance of a play in the style of an influential drama practitioner you have studied. Previous student performances have included extracts from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Samuel Stephens, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane and How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Fin Kennedy. Drama practitioners studied have included Bertolt Brecht, Frantic Assembly and Stanislavski.
· Perform a monologue or duologue from a different play. You can choose to perform either a classical (i.e. Shakespeare, Greek) or contemporary piece.
· Document the process in a written portfolio
Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% written exam)
You will sit a two-part 1hr45min written exam:
· Section A: The first part of the exam requires you to evaluate and analyse a play you will have seen at the theatre. You will have to analyse different elements of the play including its use of acting, design elements and staging. Previous plays that students have seen and evaluated include Our Country’s Good, Mary Stuart, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
· Section B: The second part of the exam requires you to study a play in class and outline how you would interpret it both as a performer and as a designer. The play we study is a psychological and expressionistic thriller; Equus by Peter Shaffer.
Year 13 Overview
In Year 13 students complete the Drama and Theatre A Level qualification.
The A Level Drama and Theatre qualification consists of three components:
Component 1: Devising. (40% Coursework)
· Study an extract from a play in light of a drama practitioner. (e.g. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht.)
· Devise an original group performance based on this extract in light of the practitioner’s style.
· Document this process in a written portfolio.
Component 2: Text for Performance (20% practical exam)
· Perform a group piece and monologue to a visiting examiner.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% written exam)
You will sit a 2hr30min written exam:
· Repeating Section A and B from AS exam
· Section C: requires you to practically study the play Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and outline your own original concept for a production aimed at a contemporary audience.
Exam board used for A Level or BTEC
Exam board used for A Level: Edexcel AS/A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies (8DR0/9DR0)
Exam board: Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre (9DR0)
Link to the specification from the exam board