A LevEL Theatre Studies (OCR)
The Drama and Theatre course offers you the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. You will create, perform and respond to drama and theatre. In addition you will develop creativity and independence to become an effective theatre maker. It is vital to highlight that the course explores the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts. As a theatre student you will have the opportunity to learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre productions can inform decision making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice.
Students will explore the creative possibilities of staging the chosen performance text – the text will be chosen as a group to ensure students are fully engaged, have a vision and challenged. This component is assessed through a written exam but preparation must and will consist of practical study. Students are required to explore the performance text practically through the role of the director. Students will deconstruct the text and explore how any of its scenes can be staged and performed for an audience. Students will analyse and interpret the performance text in depth.
In year 12 students will deepen and master their knowledge on the different theatre practitioners. They will then begin to explore and complete the work required for Practitioners in Performance. During Year 12 they will also begin to prepare and develop the skills required for Section A and B of Paper 1: Analysing Performances.
In year 13 students will begin to read, analyse and practically explore the text they will present to a visiting examiner for Paper 2: Exploring and Performing Texts. Throughout Year 13 students will also begin to deconstruct texts through the theatrical role of the director, whilst revising for Paper 1: Analysing Performances.
Playtexts will be selected on the group that have chosen that year and will be shared with you the summer before you begin the course.
Practitioner books: The Frantic Assembly book of Devising, Brecht for Beginners – Micheal Thoss, The Director’s Craft – Katie Mitchell
Following successful completion of the course you could further your studies by applying for University or Conservatoires that specialise in Drama, Performance, Technical Theatre and Theatre studies. By applying for courses that will continue to develop your skills and knowledge it will open doors to other training opportunities and career routes, such as; a masters, education, critical writing and therapy, as well as working in theatres. If you would rather choose immediate employment then this course may support you in applications to theatre settings; apprenticeship roles within the theatre or theatre companies. The skills you will develop from this course will support you in any role.