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Drama and Theatre summer work


The summer project will provide a fantastic opportunity to explore Drama and Theatre in more detail! We would like you to focus on ​the four compulsory modules outlined below.

The work

Below are some activities we’d like you to complete before you join us in September. These involve finding out about venues, watching theatre, reading plays and researching theatre practitioners. As a theatre-lover you will be doing some of these anyway, but here are just a few ideas of things you could be doing that will give you a head-start once here at Hills.

There are only ​four compulsory things we’d like you to do:

  1. Fill out our ‘Tell us about yourself’ form (link at bottom of page). This will only take a few minutes. Please bring this as a print-out to your first lesson.
  2. Research into one of the key practitioners listed below. This will be set as an assignment for you to upload as soon as you get to college so needs to be typed. This will take between one and two hours. (See downloads)
  3. Put our returning Fringe show Lights! Donkey! Action! in your diary/calendar – Wednesday 13 September 4.14-5.45 pm. This will take one and a half hours in your first week in college. Attendance is essential as you will be asked to write a short review of this show! Note the late finish.
  4. Please note that your first professional theatre trip will be on Tuesday 19 September. Please tell those at home and put it in your diary/calendar. We will be going to the Curve Theatre in Leicester to see Frantic Assembly’s new production of Metamorphosis. We will be going by coach and arriving back around 11.30 pm (the exact time to be notified first thing in September.) It is imperative a parent/guardian has signed to give you permission to attend off-site events, so please make sure they do so. This should all happen at enrolment.

Research into key practitioners

All of those listed here have been used by our A level drama students to support their practical work in the last two years. Please choose one of these practitioners who is new to you to research for your Practitioner factsheet, which is in the Downloads section below.

  • Steven Berkoff
  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Peter Brook
  • Complicité
  • Dario Fo
  • Frantic Assembly
  • Headlong Theatre
  • Kneehigh Theatre Company
  • Katie Mitchell
  • Shared Experience
  • Max Stafford Clark
  • Konstantin Stanislavski

Digital resources

Please refer to these digital resources as part of your Summer Work preparation.

Recommended course book

No textbook required at this point.

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