What is Drama & Theatre?

This course is for those who would enjoy working hard with other people on all aspects of stage performance and production. It is for those who love to practise until they achieve their very best. The course explores how scripts are turned into performance, how plays reflect the culture that produces them and how actors, designers and technicians prepare and achieve the effects the audience experiences.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from English (4 will be considered)

  • Assessment methods

    Exams & coursework

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    Eduqas

How you will study

You will be working in a practical setting, exploring texts, theatrical conventions and performance techniques. You will also evaluate and respond to a director’s approach to production by writing about the rehearsal process, technical and design elements, the historical context of theatre, and the impact of the performers on the audience.

With over 15 productions staged each year your Drama teachers are committed to getting the very best out of you, and offer practical support with rehearsals, written coursework and audition preparation for university and Drama school.

Course content summary:

  • Theatre Workshop

    Practical Examination & coursework

  • Text in Action

    Practical Examination & coursework

  • Text in Performance

    Written Examination

What sort of student do i need to be?

Live theatre experience is crucial throughout this course so a requirement would be to attend theatre trips arranged by the department, but also actively seek out independent visits. This is vital in the development of your practical and analytical skills.

What can I do after Xaverian?

In addition to current and previous Xaverian students performing with theatre companies regionally and nationally, many students have gone on to study Drama or related courses at university and at Drama schools such as RADA, East 15 and Central. Some have found success as actors or behind the scenes. Others have found it an excellent way to develop confidence and to improve their skills in communication and organisation for a wide variety of degrees and for careers such as running their own businesses, teaching, nursing, film directing, advertising etc.

Extra Drama

In addition to the Drama syllabus, Xaverian offers numerous extra-curricular productions and several theatre visits.

Recent college productions have included Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Titus Andronicus, an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, D.N.A., The 39 Steps, Frankenstein, The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Two by Jim Cartwright, Antigone by Sophocles, John Godber’s Bouncers and Shakers and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman.

What sort of student do i need to be?

Live theatre experience is crucial throughout this course so a requirement would be to attend theatre trips arranged by the department, but also actively seek out independent visits. This is vital in the development of your practical and analytical skills.

What can I do after Xaverian?

In addition to current and previous Xaverian students performing with theatre companies regionally and nationally, many students have gone on to study Drama or related courses at university and at Drama schools such as RADA, East 15 and Central. Some have found success as actors or behind the scenes. Others have found it an excellent way to develop confidence and to improve their skills in communication and organisation for a wide variety of degrees and for careers such as running their own businesses, teaching, nursing, film directing, advertising etc.

Extra Drama

In addition to the Drama syllabus, Xaverian offers numerous extra-curricular productions and several theatre visits.

Recent college productions have included Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Titus Andronicus, an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, D.N.A., The 39 Steps, Frankenstein, The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Two by Jim Cartwright, Antigone by Sophocles, John Godber’s Bouncers and Shakers and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman.