There are many different exciting syllabuses on offer for this subject from the varying examination boards. At HOHS we like to find the right course for our pupils and so, as yet, no decision has been taken as to which syllabus we will start in the forthcoming year.
It is likely, however, that the emphasis will be on the practical and performance side of drama, which has always been the case.
Why choose drama and theatre studies?
You do not have to aspire to be an actress to study drama and theatre studies! Drama pupils develop a strong sense of commitment and an excellent work ethic. It is a subject that involves hard work, but it is also fun and rewarding.
It will give you a wealth of skills to take into the next exciting stages of your studies or the workplace:
- the ability to work harmoniously with others
- group skills
- critical thinking skills
- creative writing
- a greater enjoyment of the arts, that will remain with you into your adult life
Historically, the results in A Level drama have been excellent, with not one girl failing to achieve the A Level over the past fifteen years.
What and how will I study?
The practical work usually includes working on a chosen studied text, exploring it both physically and academically, and a devised piece of theatre where pupils create a piece of theatre themselves, using a variety of studied disciplines.
Drama requires the study of different styles of theatre, which might include physical theatre, surrealist theatre, verbatim theatre and many others.
It will almost certainly include the study of a famous theatre practitioner such as Stanislavski, Peter Brook or Katie Mitchell.
Plays and practitioners are selected that always suit the styles and interests of the pupils in any one year.
Alongside the practical and exploitative work you will also have regular theatre trips to see drama in action. This is a vital element of the course, helping you to understand theatre and the practical and technical elements involved in staging a production, as well as reviewing theatre – recognising whether a production works and the reasons why. This then enables you to apply this knowledge to your own work.
The arts are still one of this country’s most important exports.
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011
How will I be assessed?
The examination is usually marked on a 60% /40% split:
- 60% practical work
- 40% written examination and coursework content.
To think of it in an easier way:
Drama: practical exploration and creation.
Theatre: studied texts and plays and relevant
Are there any specific entry requirements?
GCSE drama and/or English literature are useful but not essential if you have a love of theatre and performance.