A Level Drama & Theatre Studies2018-04-06T10:13:06+00:00

A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Exam Board: Pearson/Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre Studies 9DRO

The Course

Pupils will extend their ability to create, analyse and evaluate drama and theatre. With a focus on key play texts and theatre practitioners, we will use practical exploration to develop a detailed understanding that will lead to assessment of performance, portfolio work and written examination answers. We will take trips to live theatre performances as part of the course; workshop and performance opportunities will also be available.

Exams and Assessment

The assessment is split into 3 modules:

Devising (40 %)

Creating an original performance piece, through workshops and rehearsal, using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. Completing a portfolio of written evidence covering the areas of interpreting, creating, developing, analysing and evaluating the work (60 marks). Performance or design role within the performance (20 marks).

Text In Performance (20 %)

A group performance of one key extract from a performance text (36 marks), and a monologue or duologue performance from a different performance text (24 marks). Practical performance skills assessed by a visiting examiner.

Theatre Makers In Practice (40 %)

Section A: Live theatre evaluation – Analysing and evaluating a performance seen in light of a given statement (20 marks).

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text – Two extended responses based on realising an unseen extract of a text that has been studied practically in class (36 marks).

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text. One extended response on a re imagined performance concept of the
studied text, in response to a chosen practitioner, that will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.

Teachers and Teaching

Mr Stone is a highly experienced A Level teacher and examiner.

Practical sessions in the Theatre and Performing Arts Studio will be reflected on in written lessons and homework tasks to build a highly analytical approach. Throughout the course, our focus will be on the final assessment criteria:

  • Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre-making process, making connections between dramatic theory and practice.
  • Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

University Courses and Careers

Students may go on to further study of Drama or Performing Arts at university. However, the course complements a range of subjects and is useful in building transferrable skills, including research, analysis, evaluation, presentation, communication and interpretation.