A2 Drama and Theatre Studies: The Essential Introduction for Edexcel builds on the skills developed during the AS year to provide clear and informative guidance to Units 3 and 4 of the specification. The textbook provides further information on rehearsing, performing, directing and textual analysis, together with new material on deconstructing a script, devising theatre and preparing for the final examination. Features of the text include:
overviews of specification and assessment requirements
written and practical exercises
a glossary of useful words and terms
in-depth analysis of the three key plays - Dr Faustus, Lysistrata and Woyzeck
extension exercises to stretch the more able student
worked examples to illustrate best practice
sources for further study
advice on study after A Level.
Written by a chief examiner and a principal moderator, this book and its companion volume for AS Level offer informed and supportive exercises to ensure that students reach their maximum potential in achieving A Level success.
Alan Perks is Chief Examiner for Edexcel's A Level Drama and Theatre Studies specification. Alan regularly works with students and teachers across the key stages on individual projects and long term drama strategies. He also teaches across the age ranges, including the A Level course, part-time in a school in Derbyshire. Jacqueline Porteous is a Principal Moderator for Edexcel's A Level Drama and Theatre Studies specification, and has over 20 years of teaching experience in the discipline. She currently teaches the A Level course and leads a Performing Arts Faculty.
List of Illustrations Part 1: Getting Started with the A2 Year 1. Introduction 2. Making Good Use of this Textbook 3. Theatrical Timeline 4. Two Golden Rules 5. Who Are They? Examiners and Moderators Unmasked 6. A Final Few Words Before You Get Started Part 2: Overview of Unit 3 7. Research and Exploration 8. Development and Structure 9. Performance 10. Evaluation 11. The Supporting Written Evidence Document (SWED) Part 3: Overview of Unit 4 12. The Demands of Section A 13. The Demands of Section B 14. Exploring Interpretations for Section B 15. The Texts for Section A and Section B 16. The Role of Director in Section A and Section B 17. Annotating the Text 18. The Demands of Section C 19. The Historical Periods 20. Theatre Evaluation 21. Deconstructing the Questions. Conclusion. Appendix 1: Drama School or Drama Degree? Appendix 2: Useful Websites. Appendix 3: Further Reading and Suggested Viewing. Glossary of Useful Words and Phrases. Index