The qualification is divided into four units: 1, Exploration of Drama and Theatre – requires the analysis of two play texts through exploration and study to gain an understanding of how plays are structured and interpreted. 2:Theatre Text in Performance – requires the understanding and experience gained in Unit 1 to be applied in a performance context. 3:Exploration of Dramatic Performance – requires the creation of a unique performance created in a group context. Experience and understanding gained in both AS units may be applied to an original production. 4: Theatre Text in Performance – requires a historical and directorial approach to theatre texts, experience gained in Units 1-3 can be applied to a set text and a play that is likely to be in excess of 100 years old. Learners will be able to gain an appreciation for theatre drama and dramatic texts from through a combination of practical and macademic research and application.
This exciting course is based at a full working theatre and students will have access to fully equipped theatre spaces and rehearsal rooms as well as working on site specific and touring productions. Through a unique collaboration with the George Eliot Fellowship Students will have the opportunity to work on an originally commissioned play as part of theInternational Literary Festival.
All teaching staff in the Performing Arts department have worked in the industry and provide a realistic learning experience In addition you will be learn through Professional Practice, Master Classes and visiting industry professionals and theatre trips.
The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights. Students can also take AS Level Communications and Culture and undertake an Extended Project to enhance their studies.
Will help to progress to Drama, Dance and English Specialist courses in Higher Education. It also helps you to develop important life skills useful to employers on the majority of professions, including self-confidence, the ability to work as part of a team, time management and independent learning.