Subject Intent: Why Drama?
Through making, performing and responding to drama, students are given the chance to discover more about themselves, other people and the world they share. The experience of the drama and theatre curriculum aims to promote the individual’s shaping of their own identity through the experience of collective responsibility via teamwork, discussion and role-playing activities, which help them to comment on, reflect and define their culture and community as citizens of the world. The drama and theatre curriculum empowers young people to develop empathy, emotional intelligence, resilience and a strong social conscience, exploring ideas in a safe environment. Through their appreciation and review of live theatre, students develop their analytical and evaluative understanding of their own and others’ contributions and ideas, enabling them to celebrate the richness and depth of human expression in all its forms.
What will I study?
Component 1 - Theatre Workshop.
You will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a play using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.
Component 2 - Text in Action.
You will create and perform two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by Eduqas. You will have to perform live to a visiting examiner. Component 3 - Text in Performance. You will study ‘Cat on
a Hot Tin Roof’, Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ and ‘A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.’ There will be a written examination and it will count for 40% of the course.
Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.
What are lessons like in this subject?
Drama is a practical subject and you will spend your lessons in either the professional John Godber theatre or the specialist drama studio. You will explore themes, concepts and set plays in a practical way, and work with others to develop skills in teamwork, collaboration and communication. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work independently on coursework and exam skills.
I enjoyed studying the drama A-level course as it helped my grow in confidence and further both my theory and practical abilities in the subject. Working with lots of different people with their own individual ideas was really interesting and also benefited my own work.
Hannah Elliott, Brigshaw High School