A Level

We study the Edexcel GCE Drama and Theatre Syllabus.
 
Year 12:
Component 1  – Exploration and Performance 60%
Component 2  – Theatre Makers in Practice 40%
 
Year 13:
Component 1 – Devising 40%
Component 2 – Text in Performance 20%
Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice 40% 

In Year 12, students are introduced to a range of theatre styles in the ‘Theatre History’ unit.  They will also gain an understanding and appreciation of key movements and the ways in which these have shaped theatre today.
 
In Component 1, they will study 2 play texts.  The first is ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker in light of Stanislavski.  The text is initially explored in a series of practical workshops.  These workshops culminate in an assessed performance of selected scenes from the play.  The rehearsal and performance process is recorded in a written portfolio.  They will also be required to perform a monologue or duologue from a text of their own choice.
 
For Component 2, student will study ‘Machinal’ by Sophie Treadwell.  Students will become a member of a performance company and put on a production the play.  They will also see a text in performance.
 
The final assessment for this component is a written examination.  Students are required to answer 2 questions about ‘Machinal’ from the perspective of a performer and a designer.  The Live Theatre question will require them to analyse the ways that drama medium are used by actors, directors and designers to make meaning for an audience.
 
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop led by a professional theatre company.  In the past, we have had the pleasure to work with experts from Frantic Assembly, Gecko, Tressle and Splendid Productions.
 
In Year 13, students will continue to develop a secure understanding of the role of theatre makers (performer/director/designer) and ways of critically analysing performance work.
 
In Component 1, students devise an original piece from a key extract from a play.  They will structure the rehearsal process in order to successfully produce a piece of devised theatre.  They must use their understanding of influential theatre practitioners to inform the work created and keep a reflective journal throughout the course of the process that charts the development of the drama.  This will help them complete the written component of the unit.

Component 2 is assessed by a visiting examiner.  They will study a play text and perform one key extract from the play.  They will also be required to perform a monologue or duologue from a text of their own choice.
 
For Component 3, we will revise our work on ‘Machinal’.  In addition, students will ‘direct’ their own production of ‘Woyzeck’ by Georg Buchner.  The students will also see a live performance and critically analyse how meaning has been communicated in performance.  The unit is assessed in a written examination.
 
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop led by a professional theatre company.  In the past, we have had the pleasure to work with experts from Frantic Assembly, Gecko, Tressle and Splendid Productions. 

 

Drama A Level

Diss High School

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