A Level Drama and Theatre
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||Drama and Theatre A Level
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out" Alfred Hitchcock
Drama encompasses all of human experience and we consume more of it per day than at any other time in human history. Our need to understand ourselves through the mirror of stage or screen becomes ever more urgent as the world becomes more complex.
The study of theatre will develop you intellectually, artistically and socially, as you explore ethical issues in a way that is designed not only to entertain, but to make your audience think, challenge and question.
You will explore everything that goes into making great theatre, from text and performance to technical elements and design. You will study superb plays by brilliant playwrights and perform them alongside your own devised work. You will explore the work of the most influential directors of the modern age, supported by a dynamic programme of theatre trips and professional workshops.
Each term we stage at least one major production. recent productions have included A Christmas Carol, Bronte and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Last year was The Producers, The Red Shoes and Twelfth Night. The students take all possible roles from acting, directing, designing, lighting, sound and all the backstage technical crew.
We also encourage students to write and direct their own shows giving them full technical and financial support. Recent student productions have included Rent, Punk Rock, The Little Shop of Horrors and Lovesong. Essential for those going on to specialist drama or technical training and ideal for those with performance flair wishing to broaden their curriculum.
"The teachers are dedicated to inspiring and developing your ideas, and all the students I worked with were incredibly talented and enthusiastic. I'd do it all again if I could!" Georgina Craig, Drama & Theatre student
We examine what it is that makes good theatre work: the play, the story, the characters and language, the director’s interpretation, the complex work of the actors themselves, and the technical and design elements that make theatre so alive.
It involves seeing professional productions. That’s essential. In recent years we have been to the Globe, the Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida as well as local venues such as Cambridge Arts Theatre and the Junction.
You will participate in professional drama workshops. Actors from a range of theatre companies have visited this year to work with our students. You will spend lessons exploring plays practically. Finally, you will develop your own performance skills in a range of styles, informed by the theories of the greatest practitioners.
How will it be delivered?
Practical Exam (60%):
Inspired by professional work you see you will create your own devised performance for assessment. You will study three plays, performing extracts from each, all informed by the work of the very best practitioners.
Written play (40%):
You will see an exciting range of live productions and review them. You will study in depth two contrasting plays from a list of rich and challenging works.
GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature) [must also have minimum grade 6 in Drama, if studied]
Your next steps...
Each summer, graduating students form a troupe under the name Babolin Theatre. They intensively devise and rehearse a show which is taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week in August. Reviews have been outstanding.