Theatre Studies is a life enhancing subject; it offers you rare opportunities to develop as a performer and a communicator. At Townley you will be able to take part in large and small scale productions. You’ll be working with people who are talented and well - motivated. You will become experienced in the interpretation and direction of plays through performances and workshops.
You will need a B grade in GCSE Drama to progress to A Level, or attend a practical audition to assess suitability.
Unit 1: Live theatre productions and prescribed play (60%)
Written paper taken at the end of AS course
- Section A – Live theatre productions seen during the course
- Section B – The study of a set play Antigone
Unit 2: Presentation of a play extract (40%)
Performance of an extract from a play of your choice in a small group Extract will be between 15 and 40 minutes, dependant on the size of your group You will need to demonstrate your understanding of an influential theatre practitioner through your work.
Term 1: Studying Antigone for Unit 1.
- The history of contemporary theatre. Introduction to theatre practitioners. Text sampling for practical coursework. Practitioner research for coursework..
Term 2: Preparation of scripted pieces
- Roles known and scripts beginning to be learnt (approx. 40 hours of rehearsal to take place). Supporting notes. Annotation of Antigone. Notes on theatre trips.
Term 3: Revision for prescribed play Antigone.
- Annotation of text completed. Revision of live theatre productions seen.
Unit 3: Written Exam
Two questions, one on each of two different set plays. One play is to be chosen from Pre-Twentieth Century Plays and one play is to be chosen from the Twentieth Century or Contemporary Drama.
Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama
Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes
Students can pursue their interests and develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting, directing, costume, setting, mask and technical design. However, the requirements of the specification, with its 60% written paper weighting, also enable students to gain an entry qualification for courses in higher education, whether in the area of drama and theatre studies or in a host of other subjects.
Related Courses and Careers:
Careers: Performer, Teaching, Stage Management, Lighting technician, Sound technician, Community Theatre Worker, Costume/Set Designer, Arts Officer, Film/TV Dirctor/Researcher, Drama Therapist, Journalist, Photographer, Management Specialist, Medicine
Drama ‘A’ Level will be of good use in all professions where you need excellent organisation, motivation and people skills.