"Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality." - Ian McEwan
Drama and Theatre A Level provides an exciting opportunity for all those who are passionate about the theatre and about acting. It is a vibrant, high-energy subject that will challenge perceptions of theatre and performance. This course is designed to stretch acting ability but also to develop an in-depth theoretical understanding and appreciation of theatre.
The course will also be of value in complimenting your studies across a range of subjects and in the development of transferable skills in future career growth. Our work across the course promotes the development of:
A level Drama covers a range of theatre practitioners and set texts, alongside live theatre criticism and the development of creative, evaluative, analytical and performance skills.
Current set texts and practitioners include:
You will devise and perform an original piece of theatre, using a key extract from a performance text and the work of a practitioner as a starting point. You will record the process in a 2,500-3,000 word portfolio.
In small groups, you will perform a polished extract from a performance text. Performance length 15-40 minutes, depending on group size. In addition, you will also perform either a monologue or a duologue from a different text.
A Level Drama and Theatre is useful if you are considering any arts, humanities or social science subjects, including English language and literature, dance, music, art and design, graphics, media studies, religious studies, sociology and psychology.
There are many different types of drama and theatre related courses at degree level or you might prefer to opt for the drama school route. Some courses specialise in particular aspects of drama and theatre performance, directing, stage design, lighting and so on. Others go for a broad overview of drama and the theatre. You will need to think carefully about which one suits you. Drama and Theatre can be taken in combination with other courses, such as English literature, history, media studies or a modern language.
Career opportunities include arts/theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and script writing.
Many of our students have gone on to study drama at university, including combined BA degrees in English and Drama - as well as a range of other combinations.