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Course overview

The word ‘theatre’ comes from the Greeks; it means the ‘seeing place’. It is the place people go to in order to see the truth about life and the social situation. The subject will engage you intellectually by making you engage with the world around you, but at its heart, it is a creative subject. You will learn by doing and by putting ideas into practice through performance and production strategies, creating vivid, theatrical metaphors. 

Drama works well with subjects like English, history, classics, media, psychology; philosophy, art and film studies, but you can combine it with anything! It also works well as part of performance-based combination alongside dance or music/music technology.

What will I study?

You will study two challenging and exciting set plays and practically explore three others, performing substantial extracts from each, informed by the work of the very best theatre practitioners. You will also experience the thrill and exhilaration of the creative process when crafting your own devised performance; exploring what makes great theatre work, the craft of the playwright, the director’s interpretation, the work of performers, and the contribution of technical and design elements. To enrich your study of the subject even further, you will see a range of inspirational live productions and learn how to review them. 

There is plenty of choice on the course. You can play to your strengths and approach each assessment from the perspective of an actor, director or designer or you could challenge yourself and try out all roles during your course of study. There really is something for everybody! 

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • The department organises visits from theatre companies and practitioners, such as Splendid Theatre and the RSC, to deliver workshops and hold talks 
  • Drama students take part in a number of public performances during the course
  • There are a number of staff and student-led enrichment groups with all students being invited to audition for the College production

What can it lead to?

Students have gained places at a variety of institutions, including Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities, to study subjects such as history, English, classics, dance, music, sports science, and math. With former students have gained places at prestigious drama schools before pursuing successful careers in theatre and performance. Former students have taken lead role in the West End productions of War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Dirty Dancing.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in either English language or English literature, some stage experience desirable.

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Next event:

Year 12 pastoral welcome evening 5:30pm on 24th September 2019

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