drama and theatre

Drama & theatre

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Why study this subject?

The skills developed in the study of Drama and Theatre make an enormous contribution to your personal development. In today’s world, employers are looking for mature creative people who can communicate effectively (precisely the skills that drama develops). Many of our students go on to study the more technical elements of theatre, such as theatre design, lighting design as well as combining the study of drama with English and classical studies or a foreign language. An understanding of drama and theatre will also enhance your appreciation of film, plays and the Arts in general for the rest of your life.

Which Examination Board?

Eduqas

Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the A Level. You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed on both the practical work and the theoretical content. There are practical examinations at AS and A2 level and a written paper at the end of the AS course and at the end of the A2 course.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

Year 12

Component 1: Performance Workshop

Non-examination assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 60% of qualification

Students will be assessed on either acting or design

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of:

  • An extract from a text of the student’s choice
  • A piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of a second extract from a text from a different social, historical or cultural context using the techniques and working methods of either a theatre practitioner or theatre company

All learners must produce:

  • a realisation of both performances or designs
  • a creative log
  • an evaluation of the process of creating and realisation of the reinterpreted extract only

Component 2: Text in Context

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of qualification

A series of questions on one performance text

Year 13

Component 1: Theatre Workshop

Non-examination assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 20% of qualification

Students will be assessed on either acting or design.

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by Eduqas. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised  theatre company.

Students must produce:

  • a realisation of the performance or design
  • a creative log

Component 2: Text in Action

Non-examination assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 40% of qualification.

Students will be assessed on either acting or design.

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by Eduqas:

  1. A devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1)
  2. An extract from a text in a contrasting style chosen by the student.

Student must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner. Learners choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner.

Learners produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.

Component 3: Text in Performance

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of qualification

Sections A and B

Open book: Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination.

Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956.

Pre-1956

Post-1956

The Trojan Women, Euripides

Saved, Edward Bond

As You Like It, William Shakespeare

Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo

Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen

Racing Demon, David Hare

Machinal, Sophie Treadwell

Love and Information, Caryl Churchill

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood

Section C

Closed book: The extract of text required for answering the questions will be printed on the examination paper.

A question based on a specified extract from:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens

Details of the 10-15 minute extract will be released during the first week of March, in the year of examination.