A Level Drama

Head of Department: Mr J Bonnett BA (Hons) Hull
Email: jbonnett@stedmundscollege.org

COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC I

In the first year students study the work and methodologies of one or more influential practitioners (for example, Stanislavski, Brecht, Frantic Assembly, Katie Mitchell).

  • The students create a unique performance of an extract from a text that is influenced by one of these practitioners.
  • In addition to this the students complete a research report and portfolio showing the process of creating the performance.
  • For the end of Year One written examination the students explore a theme and how this can be brought out in a performance of two set texts. They consider the process of creating and developing a performance from the perspective of a director, performer and/or designer.
  • They are also required to analyse and evaluate a live theatrical performance seen during the year.
COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC II

In Year Two, students create a devised performance based on and influenced by the practitioners studied in Year One.

  • Students add  the work they have completed when devising the performance to their previous portfolio of evidence.
  • Students also perform an extract from a play to a visiting examiner and outline their interpretations of the text and their intentions for the performance.
  • Students complete two written examinations in Year Two. The first paper requires students to outline how they would direct a section of a set text and how they would create and develop a performance of that text.
  • For the second end of Year Two written examination the students answer different questions on a theme and how this can be brought out in a performance of two set texts. Again they consider the process of creating and developing a performance from the perspective of a director, performer and/or designer.
  • They are also required to analyse and evaluate one of the live theatrical performances they have seen during the second year.
Key skills
  • Performance skills
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Communication
  • Directing skills
  • Design Skills
  • Evaluating Live Theatre
  • Textual analysis and interpretation
  • Problem-solving
  • Working with others
  • Independent learning
Enrichment opportunities
  • Theatre visits
  • A wide range of performance opportunities
  • Professional workshops
  • Audition coaching
  • Opportunity for National Student Drama Festival
Higher education and career prospects

As well as preparing students who wish to apply to traditional acting and drama schools, the course is also useful for other career paths.  Universities offer Theatre and Drama degrees as single honours or combined courses. Some institutions offer Creative or Performance Arts degrees where theatre can be combined with other arts subjects such as Film, Music, Dance, Art, Design and Photography. Students may also follow careers in stage management, theatre administration and theatre production. Drama and Theatre skills can be used in education, therapy, community work and in the expanding leisure and media industries. Drama and Theatre develops team skills, empathy and self-confidence, as well as being a strong academic discipline. It nurtures several skills essential for careers outside the arts such as management, for example, or any context in which strong interpersonal skills are important.

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