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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Drama A Level

DRAMA and THEATRE A LEVEL

Exam board:  Edexcel

Why study this subject:

A level Drama and Theatre will prepare you for the world of work and also for future study within a variety of Higher Education programmes.  The A level will make demands on you as a performer, director, creator and analyser of performances—this will develop your  skills in both academic and vocational settings.  You will learn presentation and public speaking skills and apply these to your delivery of research in engaging and innovative ways.  You will learn about key figures in theatre history and how they have influenced the world of theatre, radio, film and literature.  You will analyse texts from differing perspectives that include historical, cultural, social and political approaches and you will be able to draw links from the plays studied to important social events such as WW2 thus learning how theatre has reflected on the world surrounding it and how

theatre has created important culture shifts in response to challenging contexts.

Entry requirements: 

GCSE Drama Grade B or BTEC Performing Arts (any pathway) Merit

GCSE English Literature Grade 5

Short Audition

Syllabus: 

Students will study plays from a practical and academic perspective with links drawn across the different tasks.  You must be prepared to read plays, learn lines, perform or direct and then analyse the decisions made.  You must be prepared to attend the theatre and review the directorial decisions made. You will research practically and academically how social events have impacted on the creation of theatrical processes.

How will I be assessed:

1) Devising (40%) Group Performance plus 2500 word portfolio/essay.

2) Text in Performance (20%) (Group Performance + Monologue/Duologue)

3) Theatre Makers in Practice (40%) (Written examination 2.5 hours)

Future Careers:

The Cultural Industries offer a range of careers to successful students of theatre which includes: directing, performing, curating, teaching, archiving, technical opportunities (e.g. lighting designer, sound operator), front of house opportunities (e.g. box office, arts centre manager), fund raising, administration, finance and running your own theatre company.