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(The Rochester Grammar School)

Why study Drama?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that involves;

·         Presenting practical work as either an actor or technical designer

·         Exploring the work of recognised theatre practitioners

·         Devising your own theatrical work based on stimuli

·         Studying a range of theatrical texts

·         Working creatively with others

·         Observing live theatre


What will you study?
You will be examined on either your acting or your technical designing abilities, as well as through a written creative log and a written examination.

You will take part in practical workshop lessons through which you will study a range of theatre practitioners and theatrical texts.

You will work on both scripted and devising projects, applying the knowledge gained from your exploration of theatrical styles and genres.

You will develop technical as well as performance skills in order to gain a holistic approach to the theatre.

How will you be examined?  
Component 1: Theatre Workshop (internally assessed non-examination assessment, 20% of the qualification) A performance unit in which you create a new piece of theatre from an existing script, with an accompanying written assignment.
Component 2:  Text in Action (externally assessed by a visiting examiner, 40% of qualification) A performance exam in which you present one devised piece of theatre and one scripted piece of theatre, as well as submitting a written assignment.
Component 3: Text in Performance (written examination, 40% of qualification) An exam in which you write from the point of view of an actor, director and designer.
What will Drama offer you in the future?

You may wish to take a GCSE in Drama for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or academic study at University or Drama school.


Drama related careers are numerous and include performing, directing, technical design (sound, lighting, costume, make-up, and scenic production), entertainment, education, television, radio, drama therapy, film or theatre production, or any job which involves communication and expressive skills.