Drama & Theatre

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out” Alfred Hitchcock

We examine what it is that makes good theatre work: the play, the story, the characters and language, the director’s interpretation, the complex work of the actors themselves, and the technical and design elements that make theatre so alive.​

About the Course

If you’re reading this it’s because you already know the unbeatable excitement of live performance. No amount of technology can replace watching real actors, or having a live audience right in front of you. That’s what we study.

To find out about our fantastic range of productions, our trips to the Edinburgh Fringe, our home grown Fusion Festival at The Junction and much more. visit our department website: www.hillsroadperformingarts.co.uk

What does the course involve?

It involves seeing professional productions. That’s essential. In recent years we have been to the Globe, the Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida as well as local venues such as Cambridge Arts Theatre and the Junction.

You will participate in professional drama workshops. Actors from a range of theatre companies have visited this year to work with our students. You will spend lessons exploring plays practically. Finally, you will develop your own performance skills in a range of styles, informed by the theories of the greatest practitioners.

Edinburgh Fringe

We have our own home-grown Edinburgh Fringe company, Babolin Theatre, who for the last ten summers have created brand new plays that have been taken to the Edinburgh Fringe earning four and five star reviews. Our latest production, the Frantic Canticles of Little Brother Fish, won an Outstanding Theatre award. You can find it on YouTube

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 6 in English, Language or Literature (must also have minimum grade 6 in Drama, if studied).

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Units of Study

Year 13
Drama and Theatre

Practical Exam (60%):
Inspired by professional work you see you will create your own devised performance for assessment. You will study three plays, performing extracts from each, all informed by the work of the very best practitioners.

Written play (40%):
You will see an exciting range of live productions and review them. You will study in depth two contrasting plays from a list of rich and challenging works.

Theatre Studies is really, really fun - you get to see loads of amazing theatre and there is a perfect mix between theory and practical.
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