Drama and Theatre Studies
Drama at GCSE level not essential, but an advantage
Aims of the course
- The primary aim of the course is to encourage an interest in and an enjoyment of theatre. This will involve an understanding of a variety of theatrical forms and will include the performance of theatrical pieces both from existing plays and the creation of original pieces.
What will I learn?
- The course is concerned with the creation and appreciation of theatre, involving your own work, the study of written theatrical texts and the analysis of theatrical performances seen.
- There is also exploration of theoretical writings on the subject.
- The course demands practical, creative and communication skills.
- You will extend your ability to create drama either in a performing or production role.
- You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic.
- Going to the theatre regularly is the best homework you can possibly do! Theatre is developing all the time and by watching other performances you are introduced to new styles and techniques that you either like or hate. These opinions will then influence your own practical work. There are many theatre trips arranged by the Drama Department and the more live theatre you see, the better.
- There are often opportunities to work with visiting theatre practitioners and practical workshops provide considerable opportunity beyond the set texts.
- Students may also choose to participate in and/or lead extra-curricular activities such as Drama Clubs or School Performances.
- This course is an obvious choice if you are intending to make a career in the theatre or the media, but the transferable skills you will acquire are also useful for anyone who needs to present ideas to others, work creatively within a team and communicate effectively at work..