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.
You will study two challenging and exciting set plays and practically explore three others, performing substantial extracts from each. You will also have the opportunity to devise an original piece of theatre from a stimulus. All of your practical work will be informed by your research into the very best theatre practitioners
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!
Students go on to study a range of subjects at university. Many of our students have gained places at prestigious drama schools before pursuing successful careers in theatre and performance. Former students have taken lead roles in West End productions of War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Dirty Dancing. Drama is an excellent qualification for a very wide range of professions.
GCSE grade 5 in either English language or English literature. Some experience of performing essential.
Year 12 course change window closes 4:00pm on 2nd October 2020