A Level Drama

Course Content

Students will have the opportunity to create, perform and respond to drama and theatre. They will develop their creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers. 

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

Students study two set texts (Antigone, Sophocles and Metamorphosis, Berkoff) and develop knowledge and understanding of making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre.Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers (performers/designers/directors).

Questions that will be covered include: How do the theatrical processes and practices involved in interpreting and performing theatre impact performance? How is meaning created using conventions, forms and techniques in drama and live theatre? Do creative and artistic choices influence how meaning is communicated to an audience? 

Component 2: Creating Original Drama (Practical)

Practical performance exam. Students must also study for this component the work and methodology of one influential theatre practitioner chosen from a list of prescribed practitioners.

Reflective report that shows students’ log of the performance process.

Component 3: Making Theatre (Practical)

Students will create a group performance/design realisation of one key extract from two different play texts which contrast in style and genre. 

Questions that will be covered include: How do acting styles contrast and change depending on genre? Why are the key scenes so important in each play text? 

How will students be assessed?

Component 1: Drama and Theatre (three hour, open book written exam)

Section A: Drama through the ages - Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre, set text 1.

Section B: 20th and 21st century drama – Exploration of Set text 2.

Section C: Live theatre production - Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

40% of A-level 

Component 2: Creating Original Drama (practical)

Practical performance exam  

Working notebook that shows students’ creative and interpretive processes of performance.  Students will analyse and evaluate their individual contribution to the success of the final performance piece.  

30% of A-level

Component 3: Making Theatre (practical)

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play. Extract 3 will be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). 

30% of A-level

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Years 12 & 13 students attend regular theatre trips. Enrichment trips/activities are offered and can include backstage tours, workshops with professional actors/theatre companies. Students will get the opportunity to assist, act and direct in regular school productions.