Drama & Theatre Studies

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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.

Why should I study this subject?
A-Level Drama will help you make sense of the world, of our experiences and other people’s experiences. You will explore your creativity, unlock your imagination and discover yourself. Drama A-Level will help you to express your thoughts, feelings and develop your ability to form theoretical opinions on historical, political, social and cultural topics in the world of Performing Arts and beyond. You will face challenges and be expected to explore theatre work in groups and build on your teamwork. And then there’s the friends you’ll make, the fun you will have, the theatre you’ll encounter and make; it’s like nothing else. A-Level Drama certainly gives you the confidence to go anywhere you want to go.

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.
• Component 2: Text in Action. You will participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus and write a reflective report of your process of making theatre
• Component 3: Text in Performance. This is a written examination and you write about 3 plays by exploring them practically in lessons from the point of view of a director, designer and performer.

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“I have found that drama is an incredible subject to study that will teach you an abundance of new skills. I made new friends straight away in my drama class through being thrown into working with new people practically. The course was a challenge at first but certainly paid off!”
Genevieve Edwards-Pinder – Garforth Academy