Salesian School

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Theatre Studies

Head of Department: Mrs Sarah Garbett

Theatre Studies A Level examines the history of theatre and deconstructs the fabric of what 'good' theatre is. Students will direct and write their own pieces over the course of two years. The course overview is as follows:

  • Exploration of Drama and Theatre: practical drama activities, production of an Exploration Portfolio (on set texts) and an evaluation of live theatre.
  • Theatre Texts in Performance: in which students select, rehearse and perform for assessment by a visiting examiner:
    • a group text directed by the teacher
    • a monologue or duologue
  • Exploration of Dramatic Performance: the creation and performance of an original piece of drama devised by the students.
  • Theatre Text in Context: a study of set texts and their historical performance conditions – for example, Elizabethan theatre, the work of Bertolt Brecht etc.

We follow the Edexcel specification. Tuition combines classroom learning with plenty of practical experience through improvisation, rehearsal and performance. Assessment is divided between the written (coursework and examination) and performance in front of an external examiner (both years).

Extra-curricular opportunities

  • Trips to the theatre.
  • Visiting practitioners and workshops within school.
  • 6th form students are encouraged to plan masterclasses for the Year 9s on the dramatic skills of their choice.


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