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The study of Drama and Theatre is an exploration of our artistic heritage and the culture of other societies. You will master many skills that you began to develop at GCSE, such as problem solving and co-operative learning. Your communication skills as a performer, director and critic will be challenged and enhanced, through an exploration of the work of famous playwrights both in performance and as a script which you must bring to life.
You will study at least two plays and the work of some famous theatre directors or theatre companies in a practical manner. You will be assessed on both your practical work and notes that you keep about what you have learnt about the plays.
You will perform a role in a production of a play. In preparation for this you will take part in workshops that will help you to develop your performance or design skills. You will also perform a monologue or duologue. If you have an interest in lighting, sound, set, mask or costume design, you can discuss with your teacher the possibilities of taking on a role on the production side. During the process of rehearsing the play, you will learn something about the conditions under which the play was originally written and performed. You will also need to consider the relevance of the play to a contemporary audience, and what the play means to you as an actor or designer.
Later in the course you will devise an original piece of drama for presentation to an audience. You will be assessed on your personal contribution to the devising process and the performance. You will need to keep a structured record that will enable you to reflect upon and analyse the process. You will also study a play from the point of view of a director and you will be required to develop and shape your ideas for a fully thought-through production.