A level

On this course you will study and perform a range of plays and theatrical styles from contemporary plays such as ‘That Face’, to understanding the origins and techniques used in Ancient Greek theatre. You will explore an exciting variety of theatrical directors and practitioners, and the acting skills required of the modern performer. Design and staging techniques are also studied to gain the essential theatrical skills in creating your own dramatic work for an audience. You will be assessed on group, monologue and duologue work. Devising within your first year is student-generated and group directed, with teaching to support you creating a vibrant and original piece of theatre. You will experience live theatre and learn the essential skills to express and evaluate the techniques employed by professional theatre companies. Your goal to becoming a skilled and effective student of Drama and Theatre starts here!

Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

Drama, A-Level AF-DRAMLV-D(0000)002

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

At Alton College on the Drama & Theatre A-Level you will study:

  • Devising; using an array of acting techniques, rehearsal and staging exercises to create an original piece of modern theatre
  • Study of a variety of exciting theatrical practitioners; Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly, Katie Mitchell and DV8
  • Exploring genres, styles, playwrights, directors, which inform the creation and staging of new theatrical work
  • Modern writers and theatre productions; ‘Jumpy’ by April de Angelis, ‘That Face’ by Polly Stenham, which are breaking barriers and reaching young audiences with exciting, engaging, contemporary themes and issues
  • Classic Greek plays; ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, which continue to influence modern theatre and how we express ideas, social issues and themes in drama/theatre today
  • Group performances; directed within a group to stage a full production within the College theatre
  • Monologues/duologues; working with a partner and also individually, to produce a highly effective and absorbing piece of theatre
  • Regular theatre visits; as a group to evaluate critically acclaimed theatre productions, both in London and provincial theatres

Lessons are varied and engaging with activities including practical exploration of acting techniques, improvisation, direction, rehearsal exercises, performance, exploration of text and stage design. Discussion, research and debate is encouraged. Written tasks incorporate ways to express original thought and analysis.

40% course work, 20% group performance/monologue & duologue, 40% written exam.

Purchase of set texts: c. £45 over two years
Optional trips from £20 each

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