Where potential soars

Theatre Studies 1 & 2

Introduction

Theatre Studies focuses on the interpretation of playscripts and the production of plays from the pre-modern era to the present day. Students apply stagecraft including acting, to study the nature, diversity and characteristics of theatre as an art form. Throughout the study students work with playscripts in both their written form and in performance. They learn about the times, places and cultures of key theatrical developments and develop awareness of the traditions and histories of theatre.
 
This knowledge is applied through use of stagecraft to collaboratively interpret playscripts in performance. Through contribution to the production of plays and performance of a monologue, students also develop knowledge and understanding of theatrical styles. This knowledge and understanding is further developed by analysis and evaluation of their own productions and productions by professional theatre practitioners.
 

UNIT 1: Theatrical styles of the pre-modern era (pre 1920s)

Areas of Study

  1. Pre-modern theatre
  2. Interpreting playscripts
  3. Analysing a play in performance

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the distinguishing features of playscripts from the pre-modern era
  2. Apply acting and other stagecraft to interpret playscripts from the pre-modern era
  3. Analyse a performance of a playscript from the pre-modern era in performance

UNIT 2: Theatrical styles of the modern era (post 1920s)

Areas of Study

  1. Modern Theatre
  2. Interpretation through stagecraft
  3. Analysing a play in performance

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the distinguishing features of playscripts from the modern era
  2. Apply stagecraft to interpret playscripts from the modern era
  3. Analyse and evaluate stagecraft in a performance of a playscript from the modern era
Internal examination: June and November