AS/A2 Theatre Studies (level 3)
This course is designed to enable you to:
Develop characterisation and interpretation skills
Develop and improve upon vocal and physical skills
Have a practical understanding of different styles of theatre/drama
Apply literary and contextual aspects to different texts
Have an understanding of deconstruction, evaluative and analytical skills in written work
Is it for me?
The course is for those who enjoy performing, directing and analysing theatre, are happy working in groups and who enjoy watching professional theatre. Assessment is coursework, performance and workshop based.
Exploration of Drama and Theatre
During this unit you will explore two different texts which will introduce you to different styles of theatre. You will explore these plays in practical, hands-on workshops developing your interpretation of each play. You will submit ‘Exploration Notes’ which focus on the use of language, visual, aural and spatial elements and social, cultural and historical elements of each text as well as developing your own character interpretation. You will also attend theatre performances and write a review based on your experience.
Theatre Text in Performance
During this unit you will work on a play of your tutor’s choosing. You will also work as part of a company under the direction of your tutor and perform a monologue or duologue from a different play.
Exploration of Dramatic Performance
This unit introduces you to devising theatre, approaching texts differently and learning how to use stimuli in order to create a piece of original theatre. You will study theatre practitioners such as Artaud, Stanislavski, Brecht, Brook and Craig; their life, works and influences. You will investigate different methods of devising using different theatre forms and submit coursework that supports this exploration.
Theatre Text in Context
You will study a set text from the point of view of the director and explore the play in a dramatic and academic way. You will also learn about a period of theatre history, see a live performance of a play from this time period and focus on the original staging conditions, drawing comparisons.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English Language and:
Level 2 Performing Arts Merit – including Acting units.
For all students there will be an assessment of practical skills at a taster session.
Which courses go well with this?
This course combines well with English and many other courses.
Students who have previously studied Theatre Studies have gone on to degrees in Performance Studies, Teaching, Theatre and Drama.