“I want to burn with the spirit of the times… The Theatre can play an enormous part in the transformation of the whole of existence.”
The focus of this exciting course is Theatre as a form of creative and cultural enquiry. Topics are studied as much through workshop praxis as research in private study. By centring on the symbiosis of ‘doing’ and ‘thinking’, the course enables rigorous, holistic and personalised dramatic exploration. This uniquely stretches candidates far beyond GCSE-level study. The course encourages you to explore the international diversity of arts practice and differing historical viewpoints, as seen through self-constructed drama and communicated by theatre practitioners across genres significantly more expansive than is possible within the bounds of A Level analysis. This demands pro-active collaboration between you and your teachers in all aspects of the course, including Theatre in the World, Making, and Performance. You will need to be able to research, positively engage in practical work, and to regularly record your progress in a journal. From these, you complete a Director’s Notebook, a Research Presentation, Collaborative Project, and a Solo Theatre Piece (Higher Level only; not necessarily as a performer). In the ‘on stage’ world, study embraces a range of skills: from acting; to dramaturgy; to set design; to sound. ‘Offstage’ it incorporates a host of managerial and production skills: from publicity; to event management; to accounting. Key to success in all of these endeavours is a spirit of openness to taking risks. This mindset is repeatedly proven to be very attractive to admissions officers for many prestigious undergraduate courses.
As with A Level Theatre Studies, the IB course opens doors into the world of Theatre, Film, Broadcasting and Digital Media. The student will gain a wide understanding of the different skills involved and also gain intellectual comprehension of how ‘action research’ impacts on development in these converging spheres. Other professions relying on the confident use of interpersonal skills- such as Law, Advertising, Museum Curating, Teaching and Politics- are well served by the groundwork of completing this expansive course. The level of awareness of Internationalism within contextualised cultural appreciation also leads naturally to careers in the Civil Service, Foreign Office or International Business
Alongside course study, there are numerous visits organised to local and London theatres, and the department offers the Sixth Form student the opportunity to participate in enrichment through school productions such as: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; ‘The Crucible’, ‘The Tempest’, ’A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Oliver!’