Is this the right subject for me?

You need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Equally, you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies to broaden your understanding and appreciation of theatre. Drama is a creative subject but is also very demanding. The subject should appeal to students who are both artistic and academic. You do not have to have studied drama at GCSE level, but it helps.

Drama & Theatre Studies

·         Regular theatre trips to top venues

·         Professional actors providing workshops

·         Regular opportunities to perform at HCS to an audience

·         Opportunities to create whole performances from scratch

·         An opportunity to work on the technical side as well as performance

In A level Drama & Theatre Studies you will gain a thorough understanding of how theatre and plays are created and used.

This course demands you to use practical, creative and communication skills in equal measure.

What will the course involve?

You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre using various stimuli, either in a performing or production role. Opportunities for the use of technical skills such as lighting and sound will be offered as well as directorial skills. You will also be required to write about drama and develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

How will I study?

The lessons will be a mixture of teacher led activity, practical workshops and rehearsals. Most of the time you will work in a group but there are many opportunities for individual study.

What can I do after I have completed the course?

This AS and Advanced Level GCE can lead to further study in drama, Theatre Studies and performing arts in Higher Education or at degree level. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. Drama and Theatre Studies AS and Advanced GCE complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence and improving presentation skills in a range of careers.

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In February 2017 The HCS staged a production of 'Oh! What a Lovely War' at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey.

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Hampshire Collegiate School near Romsey is an independent school for boys and girls 2–18. Our 130 acre site – once home to Florence Nightingale – includes beautiful Grade II listed woodland gardens, sports pitches and educational facilities. We combine an ‘academic ambition’ programme with development of a wide range of skills and interests for every pupil.

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