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Drama and Theatre Studies


Kent College provides outstanding opportunities for young people with an interest in theatre and performance in all its forms. Over the past ten years, the school has established a national reputation for theatre arts as a result of mounting a number of successful tours to America, staging a house array of challenging plays and musicals, and representing the UK at the first 'International Student Drama Festival' in Athens.

With seven members of staff, the Drama department has become a centre of excellence in which students can explore and refine their talents in a dynamic and highly creative atmosphere.

Performances are staged every term in the intimate Studio Theatre which can seat up to 70 people. Larger productions are staged in the £1m state-of-the-art  Countess of Wessex Theatre, which seats a maximum capacity of 300.

The Kent College Theatre was re-opened in 2012 by past pupil HRH The Countess of Wessex who has given her name to the 'Countess of Wessex Theatre.

Course Content

This demanding and exciting course has been created for Sixth Formers with a passion for theatre. All components are taught from the perspective of rehearsal, performance, direction and design.

Sixth Formers considering this area of study should have excellent performance and the ability to lead, guide and support group work. Alongside our usual tuition, we offer trips to the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The A Level course is complementary to the GCSE Drama course but, as we have proven in the past, it is not necessary to have studied Drama at GCSE to be successful at this level.

Modules and Assessment

Component 1: Drama and theatre Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre. Study of two set plays, including practical sessions, and analysis and evaluation of live theatre makers.

Written exam – 80 marks (40% of the A Level)

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)

Process of creating devised drama. Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.

Working notebook – 40 marks Devised performance – 20 marks 60 marks in total (30% of the A Level) This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Making theatre (practical) Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play. Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3. Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.

Performance of Extract 3 – 40 marks Reflective Report – 20 marks 60 marks in total (30% of the A Level) This component is marked by AQA.

Career Opportunities

Kent College Sixth Formers have gone on to study a number of related university degree courses and then taken up careers in acting, lighting & sound design and stage management. Those who do not intend to pursue careers in the theatre will find the experience highly beneficial for employment in public relations, business, advertising and all careers which require strong presentation and communication skills.


Whole School Performances

With casts of up to 100 students, the main school productions include girls from Year 7 up to the Upper Sixth. Plus, under the guidance of a full time Theatre Technician, students also run all technical aspects of the shows. In larger productions, male roles are played by boys from local schools.

In recent years, the school has become renowned for the attention to detail in all areas, from direction and acting to set and lighting design. Our costumes are also frequently hired from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Previous productions have included: 'Carousel', 'On the Razzle', 'Little Shop of Horrors', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Carmen', 'Romeo & Juliet', 'Jane Eyre', 'Cabaret', 'Into the Woods', 'The Cherry Orchard', 'Trojan Woman', 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Camelot'.


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