Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama is a very successful subject at Samuel Ward. Most students achieve above the national average for the subject and many go on to study for degrees in Drama and Performing Arts. The arts/entertainment sector is, in fact, the third largest employment sector in this country, and whilst only a few A Level Drama students become actors, all benefit from the confidence and socialisation skills much valued in today’s workplaces.
Resources & Facilities
We have a fully equipped drama studio with seating for an audience of 200. We make frequent use of ICT and are equipped with a studio lighting console, sound mixers, video cameras and Apple Mac computers for immediate playback of performances for analysis. We also have a library of specialist books and DVDs.

Course Outline
A level in Drama and Theatre will be assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% Non-Examined Assessment which will be examined by your teacher and externally moderated. Specifications require students to demonstrate a practical understanding of:

Year 1.
Component 1 / Section 1
Text Exploration. Students will take part in the study of two separate play texts and will explore this through a range of Drama techniques. Candidates will use detailed and well researched influences from recognised theatre practitioners to influence their own work. A portfolio of evidence will be collated consisting of detailed notes, pictures, and research between 2500 – 3000 words.
Section 2
Devised performance. Students will have the opportunity to devise an original piece of Drama based on a collection of stimuli and influences from recognised practitioners & Directors. A portfolio of the ‘realisation’ of the idea will be submitted alongside of this.

Year 2.
Component 2. Scripted performance. Students will take part in a monologue or, a duologue from an extract of an existing play. Secondly, students will work in a group to perform part of a section of a published play. This component is externally examined.

Component 3. Written performance. Section A, Live theatre evaluation. Students will write a review of a theatre production they have seen.
Section B, Realising a performance text. Students will answer questions on an unseen text from the perspective of a designer.
Section C. Students will answer a question based on two of the texts studied in
the second year. They will demonstrate how their re-imagined concept will communicate ideas to the audience.

Where will it lead to?
Drama will give you confidence and
self-presentation, analytical skills, self-discipline and an ability to handle criticism. These are crucial skills not just for Acting, but for teaching, writing, producing, directing, film making, and importantly for employability at all levels of business, industry and management.