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Drama and Theatre

A level

This course will enable you to explore drama and theatre as a practical art form. You will create, perform and respond to drama and theatre, and develop the creativity and independence to become an effective theatre maker. You will explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods through scripted and devised performances. 

Course content

Drama and Theatre

You will watch a range of live theatre and will learn how to deconstruct what you see on stage. You will explore the theatrical processes and practices involved in interpreting and performing theatre, and how conventions, forms and techniques are used to create meaning to an audience. You will also study two set plays from the perspective of a director, actor and a designer.

You will be assessed by written exam at the end of the two years (worth 40%).

Creating original drama

You will create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process, making connections between dramatic theory and practice. You will contribute to either a devised duologue or group performance using the influences and methodologies of a practitioner and chose to specialise in one of the following areas: Performer, Director, Lighting/sound/set designer.

Assessment: final devised performance and working notebook to accompany the project (30%).

Making theatre

This is a practical component in which you will be assessed on your ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in a live performance. You will practically explore (workshop) and interpret three contrasting set texts from different genres. You will rehearse and perform one of these texts to an audience, using the influences of a key practitioner, director or theatre company. 

Assessment: Practical performance, submission of a reflective report analysing and evaluating your theatrical interpretation of all three set texts studied. (You can choose to either direct, design or perform in the style of a chosen practitioner. (30%).

Special features

You will make a number of theatre visits and see varied productions during the two years as well as participating in professional practical workshops. Theatre visits have included Pinocchio (Jasmine Vardimon Dance Company), Kite Runner at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, Frankenstein at the Mumford Theatre, Woman in Black at Cambridge Arts Theatre, Pride and Prejudice at Cambridge Corn Exchange, Woyzeck and A Doll’s House at Bedford Theatre, Julius Caesar at The Globe, Macbeth at The Junction, Lord of the Flies at Cambridge Corn Exchange and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at Milton Keynes Theatre. There have been visiting workshops by Splendid Productions (The Odyssey), Temper Theatre and Frantic Assembly. We have also seen behind the scenes at The Junction and The Arts Theatre and taken part in Industry Days.

There are frequent opportunities to perform both in public and within the College, such as at the Michaelhouse Christmas concert, exam performance nights and the established Summer Showcase’. Students can also audition for the ‘The Company@Longroad’ which is the college’s extra-curricular performance group which rehearse twice weekly and perform a range of projects throughout the year. These have included flash-mobs, musical mash-ups and more recently, an original devised work combining physical theatre, contemporary dance and shadow puppetry, performed at ‘The Junction’ in Cambridge as part of the Fusion Festival.

Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from Drama and Theatre Studies if you:

  • want to pursue your interests and develop skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting, directing and theatre design;
  • want to develop your critical awareness of theatre productions you have seen and your ability to analyse and realise text.

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in English Literature and in Drama if taken at GCSE level.

You will be invited to a workshop audition where you will be required to demonstrate your practical and theoretical skills in Drama and Theatre.



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