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Drama & Theatre Studies (THEA-A)

2017 - New A level
Examining board - Edexcel
Additional course entry requirements:
Grade B in GCSE drama if taken. If not taken at GCSE, students must have performance experience and Grade 6 in GCSE English literature
Why drama & theatre studies?
This course will provide you with an opportunity to analyse, direct and perform a wide range of plays. The emphasis is on learning from practical work.
You will have the opportunity to gain confidence through performing devised and scripted plays. You will learn how to work as a team and communicate effectively, gaining confidence that will help you in all aspects of your life. You will also be able to analyse plays from a performer’s, designer’s and director’s perspective and gain an understanding of the playwright’s intentions. Many of our students go on to study drama at Russell Group universities or train to be actors at prestigious drama schools.
We offer a wide range of theatre trips which will include experimental and more traditional productions and tours of theatres. You will also take part in workshops run by visiting practitioners like Frantic Assembly and Splendid Productions.
Our drama hall is equipped with a full lighting rig and sound system, a conventional proscenium arch stage and moveable seating to create more intimate acting spaces.Productions are well attended and have enjoyed a lot of success. Our teachers are very experienced and have worked professionally in theatre and television.
Course content
You will have the opportunity to study 5 texts and 2 practitioners, which will include a diverse list of plays from Ancient Greek tragedy to modern drama. You will explore how to make a 2,000-year-old play relevant for a modern audience and how to devise an exciting and dynamic piece of theatre. The emphasis will be on creating a brave ensemble of actors and directors who are not afraid to take risks and develop a diverse range of skills.

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