Practitioners in Practice (120 marks/40% of A-level - Non-examined Assessment):
Students will create their own devised performance influenced by the work of others. This must include:
- The study of two centre chosen practitioners;
- The study/exploration of an extract from a relevant supporting text (chosen by the centre)
In addition to the performance, students will be marked on an accompanying research report and portfolio with evidence of the process and decisions made whilst creating and developing their performance.
Analysing Characters (60 marks/20% of A-level – Written Exam – 2 hours 15 mins):
Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding and their ability to analyse and evaluate.
In section A students will explore practical themes using extracts from two different texts from a set list given by the exam board.
Students answer questions on one of the following three themes:
- Heroes and Villains
- Family Dynamics
In section B students will analyse and evaluate a live theatre production they have seen.
Exploring and Performing Texts (60 marks/20% of A-level – Non-examined assessment):
Students will produce a performance based on a text chosen by the centre, which will assess their chosen theatrical skill (performance or design). Students will be required to produce an accompanying concept document which outlines their intentions for the performance
Deconstructing Text for Performance (60 marks/20% of A-level – Written Exam – 1 hour 45 mins):
This component requires students to study one set text in detail from a choice of eight The paper will contain questions about directorial decisions for the text and assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of how Drama and Theatre is created and developed for performance.
In order to succeed in Drama you must have the ability to be energetic, enthusiastic, creative and analytical. Theory will be based in practice and vice versa, so the ability to evaluate the dramatic potential of yourself and others is a must. Knowledge of performance styles, playwrights and practitioners is desirable though not essential. You will need lots of drive, confidence, energy and commitment for this subject.