Drama

Drama is the most universal tool of storytelling and communicating. 

In every culture and society dramatic expression has been prevalent.  Drama at Blenheim enables you to gain a clear understanding of a range of drama and theatre experiences. You will focus on what it is like to look at different issues, points of view and perspectives. Students will focus on a range of drama skills, styles and techniques to create their own imaginative and creative theatre. 

Exploring drama through characters, issues and situation, focusing on scripted and improvised work and discovering a variety of dramatic genres, Drama at Blenheim ensures that students have a well-rounded and exciting curriculum.  Performance and evaluation are at the root of Drama at Blenheim. Studying drama gives you an increased confidence in communication skills. 

A level Drama

Course details

Devising: Students will devise an original performance piece, using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. There are two parts to the assessment, a portfolio in addition to the devised performance.

Text in performance: Students produce a group performance of one key extract from a performance text, in addition to a monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.

Theatre Makers in Practice: This written exam involves students answering one extended response question requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen. Students also answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied. 

Link to course specification

Assessment

Assessment is broken down into 3 components:

Component 1: Devising performance and written log (40% of the qualification).

Component 2: Text in performance (20% of the qualification).

Component 3: Written exam - Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of the qualification).

Enrichment opportunities

Students go on a variety of theatre trips. They have the opportunity to partake in workshops with professional actors and directors. Many of our sixth formers become Drama Ambassadors which means they develop their directing and acting skills by helping in Drama lessons throughout the school. There is a biannual trip to New York where pupils go to Broadway and take part in theatre workshops with world renowned practitioners.

Student quotes

“Through working as a Drama Ambassador I have really improved my confidence and I now feel that I have the knowledge and experience to pursue a career as a Drama teacher” 

“Drama has really improved my essay writing skills for all of my subjects. It has aided my analytical skills and my grades across all my subjects have improved.” 

Progression

Drama and Theatre Studies is studied at university and the A level is an excellent preparation for a degree in Drama and Theatre either at University or Drama School. The skills developed in the subject are so relevant to life and link in with so many different and professional areas. Some careers that studying Drama can lead to are theatre/film director, theatre/film producer, writer, critic, arts administrator, stage manager, sound technicin, actor, community arts worker, public relations officer, broadcast presenter, higher education lecturer, secondary school teacher, drama therapist, community workshop leader, youth worker, sales, management, presenter to name a few.

Useful Links

www.shakespeare.com
www.shakespeares-globe.org
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
www.rcs.org.uk
www.dramalinks.com
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk
http://www.bac.org.uk
http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org
http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
http://www.suttontheatres.co.uk
http://www.the-theatre.org
http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
http://www.dramagroups.com/groups/england/surreyx.htm