The Drama Package is a demanding and stimulating practical and academic course; students have the opportunity to develop research and analysis skills as well as theory through their choice of subjects at AS and A2 Levels. We also develop acting, devising and technical theatre skills through practical experience and the appreciation of various genres of literature.
The unique and successful A Level Drama Package supports subjects that complement each other and is a nationally recognised course which demands high standards, intensive input and creates challenging activities.
The Drama Package is made up of three compulsory areas that you can study for two years but you do not have to pursue either Drama or English Literature into A2. The three areas are:
Drama and Theatre Studies at AS and A2
English Literature at AS and A2
Theatre visits and performance projects
Alongside Drama and English Literature you will choose a further subject that can also be studied for one (AS) or two (A 2) years. Some popular choices include: Art, Dance, English Language, Film Studies, History, Law, Media Studies, Psychology and Sociology.
What makes it a package?
Joint theatre trips
Enrichment activities which include performances of both Drama and Literature set texts
Team teaching and cross-curricula collaboration between English Literature and Drama lecturers
In your first year of Drama and Theatre Studies you will not only study a prescribed play, perform and analyse it but you will also be required to see a minimum of three Live Performances and give a personal response through analysis of the production. For your practical examination you will perform an extract from a play in the style of a specific practitioner. This, combined with the public performance and study of selected poems from the English Literature syllabus, the study of various post 1945 plays and the reading and analysis of a novel, gives you a wide range of experiences in both Drama and English. If you decide to take this Package onto the second year, you will study two prescribed plays (one Twentieth Century and one Pre-Twentieth Century) and have to devise your own production in an established theatre style. In English, two plays are analysed one of which has to be by Shakespeare. Again there are opportunities for your own production of one of these texts and your coursework can include a play of your choice.
In order for you to be accepted onto this exciting and challenging course you will need:
At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Mathematics. You will also need to complete a successful audition; you will be invited by letter to this audition. The content and structure of it will be given to you at your initial interview and in your invitation letter. You must have been successfully auditioned before the course commences. You will receive feedback on the day but the panel may not be in a position to offer you a place at that time.
The Drama Package has resulted in students progressing onto many different types of Higher Education courses including: Drama, Dance and English Higher Education degrees as well as degrees in other areas such as Media, Performance, Art, Psychology, History, Law and Education; Drama, Dance and English specialist courses.
This is a package which will help you develop self-confidence, self expression and an ability to work in and lead a team. Employers in many careers will be looking for these skills.
Previous successful graduates of the Drama Package include: Jo Joyner (Former EastEnders Actress) Ben Elton (Writer and Director) Simon Pegg (Hollywood Film Actor)