Students will study the AQA specification, Drama and Theatre. This is a new specification for teaching from September 2016, the details of which can be found on the AQA website. Click here to see the specification.
Drama and Theatre is a lively A level which develops practical theatre skills and asks for appreciation of playwrights and live theatre. You must, however, be prepared to write detailed essays on a regular basis and commit to long rehearsal hours at certain stages of the course. English GCSE at grade C+ is a requirement because of the essay requirements on the exam paper.
We organise theatre trips throughout the course to a variety of exciting performances and have been to a wide variety of venues to see some fantastic shows. “The Encounter” by Complicite at the Warwick Art Centre was an innovative sound experience and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” at the Curve Theatre was exciting, captivating and modern.
We have seen brilliant physical theatre performances by DV8 and Kneehigh to name just a few companies. Some particular favourites performances to date have been Volcano’s adaptation of “A Clockwork Orange” and Frantic Assembly’s “Beautiful Burnout”. We have seen a variety of exciting performance styles from the amazing dance theatre of Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” and “Lord of the Flies” to the wild creativity of Kneehigh’s “The Red Shoes”.
All of the performances we see develop an understanding and knowledge of the theatre and are reflected in your own work. The exam paper even asks you to write about a performance you have seen during the course. Students have also told us that university interviewers have been very impressed by our range of productions. It’s not often that students can claim to have seen performances by companies such as DV8, Frantic Assembly and Complicite and productions by directors such as Steven Berkoff, Peter Brook and Matthew Bourne.
Once you start, you certainly won’t want to stop! Drama GCSE is not a requirement although a real interest in performance is necessary.
The course involves detailed essay writing so English GCSE at grade C+ is a requirement.
If you would like further information on any aspect of AS or A Level Drama and Theatre, then please contact Mrs C Grattan, Head of Department.