A Level: Drama

Key Facts

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What will I study?

  • You will study a range of practitioners including Katie Mitchell, Emma Rice, Bertolt Brecht and Antonin Artaud. You will explore their theories and practices before applying them to your own work.
  • You will study a range of texts including set texts and texts of your own choice. Current set texts include Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, Love and Information by Carly Churchill and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Simon Stephens.
  • You will explore every aspect of theatre-making including set design, costume design, lighting design and directing. You will practically apply that subject knowledge in a written exam.
  • You will devise your own piece of theatre on a theme of your own choosing.
  • You will perform in scripted performances using texts that you have chosen.
  • You will attend a range of live theatre performances and workshops delivered by theatre including The Donmar Warehouse, The Royal Court and The Old Vic.

What skills do I need?

  • You must be able to work independently.
  • You must be able to work with other people.
  • You must be able to use research skills.
  • You must enjoy practical work.
  • You must enjoy performance.

Why should I choose Drama and Theatre?

You will develop a wide range of skills including the ability to work as part of a team. You will develop your ability to research a wide range of topics. You will develop your independence on what is often a very student-led course with you making key decisions about the kind of theatre you want to make.

Creative industries are worth over 80 billion to the economy and many jobs benefit from the skills you develop in the Drama classroom. Whether you want to work in theatre, media, journalism or even jobs in law and medicine, Drama can help you take the next step.

Theatre offers you the chance to extend your cultural education and the world around you. Theatre is often at the cutting edge of political, cultural criticism making work that reflects and questions our society.