Drama lesson in Performance Studio

Drama and Theatre


This subject is ideal for you if you have an avid interest in performing or theatre design. You should have a passion for attending live theatre, as well as practically exploring drama and theatre. You will develop your understanding and knowledge of relationships, politics, the past, the future, culture, people, power and society. You will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical elements of drama, theatre and theatrical convention, genre, form, structure and practitioners.

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a grade 5 in GCSE Drama, if taken, or a similar subject.


Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Component 1: Devising

Using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli students will devise an original performance piece. Performer or designer routes available.


Component 2: Text in Performance

Students will produce a group performance of one key extract from a performance text and a monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation - an exploration and evaluation of live theatre seen by students.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text - practical exploration and study of a complete performance text, focusing on how this can be realised for performance.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text - practical exploration and interpretation of a complete performance text, focusing on a chosen theatre practitioner and how the text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Students will regularly visit local theatres to see live performances.


You will be assessed through written coursework, as well as practical and design performance work and a written examination based on extracts from the two set texts, as well as the evaluation of one of the productions attended over the two years.

Component 1: A portfolio and devised performance

Component 2: Group performance and monologue or duologue

Component 3: Written Exam - 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Equus, Peter Shaffer
  • Woyzeck, Georg Bűchner (translated by John Mackendrick)

Joan Littlewood Research – the following books may be of interest:

  • Joan’s Book (her autobiography)
  • Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities, Peter Rankin

Communication and inter-personal skills acquired through drama are becoming increasingly sought by employers and these skills are transferable to many different careers. You could work in the theatre or performing arts industry, either on stage or in one of the many backstage roles such as theatre management, marketing, lighting, directing, arts funding, costume and staging.

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