WHY STUDY DRAMA?
Study Drama if you enjoy working with others, have a lively imagination and a keen interest in Theatre. Drama builds confidence, improves communication skills and allows you to be creative. Like all the Arts, Drama helps us make sense of the world.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
There are three components:
1. Understanding Drama 40%:
· Studying one set play
· Reviewing a live theatre performance
2. Devising Drama 40%:
· Creating own work
· Performing own work
· Evaluating own work
3. Texts in practice
· Performing two extracts 20%
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
1. Written exam 1hr 45 minutes
2. Devising log and performance assessed by teacher, moderated by Exam Board
3. Performances to visiting examiner
· Characteristics of performance texts and dramatic works
· Social, cultural and historical contexts
· Drama and theatre terminology and now to use it appropriately
· Roles and responsibilities of theatre makers in contemporary professional practice
· Interpreting text for performance
· Analysis of live theatre performance
· Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning in a devised performance
WHAT OTHER THINGS SHOULD I CONSIDER?
In order to enjoy the course you must have enjoyed Drama in lower school and be keen to attend visits to the theatre to see a variety of plays. Whilst you do not need to be a natural performer, you should be committed to developing your performing skills. You may be keen to develop skills in set design, lighting, sound, make-up masks or costumes; but for this you would also need to have or be willing to develop extra curricular experience. You will certainly need to rehearse outside of lesson time.
You will also need to be prepared to be filmed for assessment purposes.