Theatre Studies

Course ID
A Level (Theatre Studies)

Introduction to the Theatre Studies department

Drama and theatre productions at Wolverhampton Grammar School are such an integral part of school life that the staff and work of the Theatre Studies Department has an impact on all students throughout the Junior, Senior and Sixth Form.

The quality of theatre production at school is exceptional, both in the quality of the acting and directing and in the technical production values. Indeed, such is the enthusiasm for theatre that there are productions in rehearsal for much of the school year with two major school plays and two Theatre Studies shows featuring annually.

Our purpose built Hutton Theatre provides a modern professional standard venue productions ensuring that student actors have outstanding opportunities and student technicians have specialist tuition in set and prop design, lighting, sound and stage management as part of the Theatre Studies course and for all public performances.

Ian Tyler (Director of Drama), Jonathan Wood and Mark Payne provide expert tuition and knowledge to students who choose to study Theatre Studies in addition to directing the extra-curricular theatre programme. The Theatre Studies curriculum includes opportunities to take part in productions as an actor or designer as well as studying play texts in rehearsals situations. Students learn to understand how to undertake an in-depth study of modern and classical plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. Additional classes in acting are available through LAMDA tuition and theatre graduates regularly gain places in leading universities and drama schools.

Theatre Studies students become confident, outgoing, organised and independent communicators and decision makers; just the kind of skills that are attractive to universities and employers alike. The academic results in Theatre Studies are consistently outstanding and students have gone on to study a variety of disciplines at leading universities and drama schools.

Theatre Studies A Level is a creative, practical and academic course. It develops a wide range of skills including spoken communications, project management and design skills as well as supporting progression in a wide range of other subjects.

Students have the opportunity for practical exploration of texts through rehearsal and performance as well as close study of texts that are then examined formally. There are opportunities in the practical components of the course to either perform or design. Theatre Studies students develop
a multitude of skills including collaboration and understanding how to amend and refine work in order to make a smooth transition to future study or employment. Theatre Studies is a natural fit with Art, English, Classics and humanities and a very useful adjunct for those studying sciences. It is highly regarded by university admissions tutors.

A Level Theatre Studies students take full advantage of the excellent facilities on offer, including the purpose built Hutton Theatre, which provides a modern professional venue, ensuring student actors and technical support have outstanding physical resources to utilise. Our expert staff can also guide students in set and prop design, lighting, sound and stage management as part of the Theatre Studies course and for all public performances.

Additional LAMDA acting lessons are also available at weekends at Wolverhampton Grammar School as well as a range of opportunities to support all School productions.

Assessment

AS: Component 1:Exploration or Performance

  • 60% weighting

AS Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice

  • 40% weighting
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes

A Level Component 1: Devising

  • 40% weighting

A Level Component 2: Text in Performance

  • 20% weighting

A Level Component 3: Written examination

  • 40% weighting
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

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