- Average Point Score: 4.5
- English Language GCSE Grade 4
- Grade 4 in this subject or Drama at GCSE
- Mrs Hammond
- Mrs Bacon
Drama & Theatre is a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas and issues through practical lessons. You will be able to express yourself, work as a team and develop conﬁdence and communication skills.
You will explore and understand how theatre has developed over time, learn about inﬂuential theatre practitioners and apply their techniques, consider the purpose of drama and theatre, develop the role of a director, designer, actor, develop a range of performance skills, techniques and styles.
- Practical exploration of ideas, skills and techniques.
- Regular theatre visits and involvement in practical workshops by professional companies.
- Independent research, preparing presentations and rehearsing and preparing performances.
Drama & Theatre combines really well with any subject that encourages you to explore and question the world in which we live.
Speciﬁc subjects may include: English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, History, Music, Art.
- Theatre (performer, director, set designer, costume designer, lighting designer, sound designer, stage manager)
- Any career that involves working in a team and presenting ideas.
What do our students say about Drama & Theatre?
Amelia (with the rest of her A Level Drama class) celebrating their last day in the Sixth Form by wearing their old school uniforms!
Tom was a regular in school productions at Crompton House and is now studying Drama with Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield
My favourite thing about Drama was getting to learn about and perform in the style of a range of theatre practitioners such as Brecht, Stanislavski and Berkoff. I enjoyed this as the range of practitioners helped me strengthen different dramatic abilities all at once and it gave good variety to the course and the different ways I could act and perform pieces.
I wish I had known about how the group selection process for practical exams was going to be carried out, I was surprised that we wouldn’t be picking our own groups for our final practical performances – instead these were selected by our Drama teachers. It also would have been useful if I had looked up more about the how much the coursework, the practical performances and the written exam would make up our overall grade as this would have helped me understand the course better in its entirety.
My advice would be that if you want to study Drama you should not let anything hold you back. Even if you are shy or socially awkward but still want to study Drama you should still go for it as it will help you with confidence issues and social worries. Ignore any comments or thoughts that this is “not a proper subject” because people said this to me, and I still went on to study Drama and I can tell you it is not easy! It is a proper subject that teaches you confidence, teamwork and other life skills that other subjects cannot teach!
I would also encourage you to get involved in the plays and musicals the school puts on each year as this will improve your skills as an actor and overall performer and allow you to realise and improve other performance skills. These are fantastic opportunities that I loved being a part of.
As well as Drama I also studied English Literature and English Language. I enjoyed learning about both sides of English and the Literature side especially helped me with my Drama (as we studied plays), so these subjects work very well together.
Since leaving Sixth Form, I have been studying Drama with Creative Writing at Huddersfield University. Drama covers the majority of this course so doing Drama at A level really helped as I had already began improving and working on my skills as a performer and team player and so this gave me a personal head start on this when starting my degree. My English A Level also helped with my creative writing as I already had already gained good writing skills from the A Level course.