A level Drama and Theatre at Angmering is an exciting process which develops and assesses your practical and theoretical skills as an actor, designer or director. You are expected to become committed to the experience of live theatre. This will hopefully lead to a life-long interest in theatre-going as well as making the two year course a memorable one. The theoretical and practical elements of A level Drama and Theatre make it both a challenging and a very rewarding subject. It is by no means a soft option.
The practical element of the A level Drama and Theatre requires you and your class collaboratively to create a devised theatrical piece and to undertake a practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts taken from different plays. The theoretical side allows you to become an investigator of theatre, analysing, developing and evaluating meaning, human nature and entertainment value.
COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
There are three components to the course.
In component one and three you will rehearse and explore texts and theatre practitioner approaches to perform pieces to a live audience, respond to questions for a written paper and complete a reflective report which outlines your processes of investigation.
For component two you will undertake a devised piece where you have full creative control over your final performance which is performed to a live audience. You will supply a log book detailing your decision making and journey from start to finish.
If you enjoy watching theatre, are happy to perform and are willing to try out ideas in a workshop environment then you will enjoy the course. The ability to work as part of a team is essential. There are many opportunities to practically apply your skills as a performer.
This subject would suit students who are interested in studying any humanities subjects such as English Literature and Language as well as History and Classics. Additionally it sits well alongside social sciences such as Psychology and Sociology.
The study of Drama and Theatre at A level can help students with a variety of skills as well as develop their creative career aspirations. Students who study this course will enhance their skills in creative thinking, teamwork, analysis, presentation skills, planning etc. The course will support students wishing to improve their communication skills in both verbal and written forms. Students can progress from this course into a number of career areas either by further study or by direct entry to the job market. The skills you gain while studying a performing arts degree are valued by all types of employers, for example confidence, self-presentation, teamwork and collaboration, ability to experiment with different ideas and learning from feedback. Examples of related roles that students may pursue could include Actor, Stage Manager, Arts Administrator, Drama Therapist and Television Production Assistant.
A drama GCSE gives a starting point but is not necessary. An interest in live theatre is however a vital requirement. A grade 6 or better in English GCSE is a good foundation for A level Drama and Theatre.