Drama & Theatre Studies
This course focuses on the practical and theoretical study of text and theatre performance. It covers all essential areas of theatre making including how to direct, perform, interpret, design and devise different genres of theatre. The teachers draw on their expertise gained from working professionally in the industry and provide the very best mentoring and coaching. This course suits students who have a natural curiosity and passion for theatre and develops well-rounded theatre professionals. It is designed to develop critical thinking skills alongside performance technique and students must be willing to learn about, and practically explore different genres of theatre. The Performing Arts Academy (developed in association with The Octagon Theatre) and enrichment programmes are essential for those students considering a future in performance and are designed to boost acting technique whilst developing knowledge of the creative industries.
Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5.
Students not studying Drama should have a proven record in the interest of drama by having participated in extracurricular clubs and enrichment, for example, drama clubs or school productions. To study Drama, you will be required to attend an audition.
You will develop a range of analytical and practical skills by exploring various theatre styles relating to both classic and contemporary theatre. Your skills will develop as a performer of scripted plays and you will become disciplined in the art of set and lighting design, devising new material, directing, and rehearsing. You will study a minimum of five theatre practitioners, and apply different theories and techniques to your own work. You will perform in a number of scripted and self-devised plays and see live performances. This course focuses on everything involved in developing theatre, and will suit students wishing to pursue a career in acting or other areas of theatre such as set design or directing.
Component 1: Devising – a group devised performance supported by a written portfolio documenting the development of the piece. 80 marks total (40% of the qualification).
Component 2: Text in Performance – group performance/design of one key extract for a performance text and a monologue or duologue from one key extract from a different performance text. (20% of the qualification).
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – Written exam. Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation, Section B: Page to Stage, Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text. (40% of the qualification).
Enrichment and Work Experience
Upon entry to a Performing Arts course you will be accepted into the Performing Arts Academy. The academy is an opportunity for our Drama and Theatre students to participate in professional workshops with industry professionals at The Octagon Theatre, universities, drama schools and local casting agencies. You will learn about different career opportunities in the Performing Arts industry and widen your experience and understanding of the professional world of Performing Arts. You will have the opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year as well as public performances both at our home theatre and larger venues such as The Lowry Theatre in Salford.
Additional to your study we provide you with the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch professional performances and visit Media City to learn about TV and radio performance.
We are looking for students who are dedicated to success and ready to learn in a fast paced energetic environment. You will be expected to attend extra rehearsals, study sessions and skills workshops in order to reach your full potential.
Our students also perform in a number of shows and events including national competitions. We also rehearse towards a large scale musical which is performed in a professional theatre.
Links with other subjects:
Most subjects combine well with Theatre Studies. However, if you are serious about a career in the industry then why not consider our Diploma in Performing Arts or a combination of the following subjects: extended Certificate in Performing Arts, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, Film Studies, English Literature, and English Language.
Future Career Opportunities
The options are endless – all down to transferable skills! Many students progress to university, leading into careers including acting for stage and TV, musical theatre, broadcasting, presenting, directing, stage management, journalism and teaching, law and public relations.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
We keep class sizes small which means our students get the very best in personal tuition alongside the chance to gain more lead roles and be noticed when we have guest professionals visit including casting agents and university recruiters. Keeping our class sizes small has proven to increase student performance and confidence, giving you greater opportunities to be heard and seen meaning you can reach your full potential. Our teachers have professional experience in the Performing Arts industry and have developed the Performing Arts Academy. The Academy offers students the opportunity to take LAMDA exams, gain work experience and participate in professional workshops at The Octagon Theatre and with other professionals to develop those wider performance skills. We have free workshops and performances all year round delivered by guests from universities such as UCLAN, Liverpool Hope University, Arden School of Theatre, Sterling Academy, The Octagon Theatre, Bolton University and professional scriptwriters and actors. We have excellent facilities including a theatre, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and a dance studio.