Aims / Objectives
DP Theatre involves the exploration of the history and world practices of Drama combined with the technical approach of particular drama theorists. By exploring these historical applications and techniques both practically and theoretically, students will develop into competent theatre practitioners. It is not solely an acting course, but a program which focuses on three key areas:
Theatre in The Making [TIM] - where students delve into the process of Theatre and develop their dramatic skills. This is the exploratory component of the course.
Theatre in Performance [TIP] - the application of TIM skills to practical projects and productions. This is the presenting component of the course.
Theatre in the World [TIW] - the practical and theoretical exploration of theatre traditions and cultural practices from around the globe. Students will be inspired by these in their own practice.
The essence of this course is to participate in a wide range of theatre activities, such as improvisation, technical production and acting techniques. Students will become familiar with forms of drama from their own and other cultures, exploring a range of different theatre traditions from around the world.
This is an academic course, where, in addition to practical and technical work (in performance), scholastic skills such as writing a critique, pitching a directorial vision, and reflecting on dramatic achievements will require that students become critical theatre practitioners. Internal assessments include a variety of practical experiences in each facet of theatre e.g. acting, lighting etc; written projects and visual plans.
The skills above are assessed against the DP Theatre criteria:
A Knowledge and Understanding
C Reflective Analysis
D Imaginative Synthesis
E Preparation and Presentation
Practical work is assessed ‘live'. To monitor their practical work in adaptation, devising or performing the students keep a drama journal (or blog) to explore and experiment individually and collaboratively. Use of video enables faculty and staff to: identify weakness, suggest alternative skills or build on perceived strengths.