Paston has a long tradition of excellence in drama and the performing arts and many students go on to study Drama, Theatre and Performance at universities including Kent, Exeter, Hull, Middlesex, Lancaster, Leicester, Warwick and Winchester as well as top drama schools such as East 15, LAMDA, Rose Bruford and the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Paston student Georgia Goodson as Scaramouche alongside professional actor Jonathan Metcalf, King Rat , in the Sheringham Little Theatre’s 2012 pantomime ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’ . This production was a joint project with the Lyric , Hammersmith, London. Georgia went on to study at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is currently working as a professional actress.
As part your study you will have the opportunity to explore new writing. This year students took part in the National Theatre Connections programme, performing ‘The Boy Preference’ by Elinor Cook at Sheringham Little Theatre, the Garage, Norwich and our own Griffon Theatre.
Here is an extract of The Boy Preference which was performed at the Griffons Theatre on Thursday 11th June 2015:
To see more examples of students work, follow this link: Drama & Theatre Studies
You will be taught in a professional drama environment by Drama specialists who have themselves worked in the professional theatre and in the College's all new purpose built and multi functional 150 seat Griffon Theatre with its full digital lighting and sound rigs. You also have the opportunity to join Paston's student theatre company Far East which stages two or more major productions every year and often takes one of these on tour. Drama and Theatre combines well with a broad range of AS subjects including English. It is well regarded by many employers and a good A-level for careers involving contact with people including the police, social work and teaching, journalism, TV, radio and of course performance.
Year 1 Drama & Theatre Studies
This is an exciting way for you to explore and perform plays and relate your work to theoretical ideas. Its practical approach will help you to analyse texts and interpret them in performance. You will develop confidence as well as an ability to communicate effectively with others.
- Study challenging and celebrated modern plays such as Pinter’s A Night Out and Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis, an expressionistic adaptation of Kafka’s short story. You will learn how to evaluate these as part of the coursework requirements.
- Produce an acting performance or design a set, lighting or sound plot for a play of your choice.
- Work in small groups to produce a final production of a scripted play and perform a short monologue/duologue to a visiting examiner.
- Analyse the production values of a live theatrical performance of a professional production. Recently students have evaluated Complicite’s Lionboy and Propeller’s Twelfth Night.
Unit 1Written coursework and practical observation of performance work (40%)
Unit 2 Practical exam (individual and group work with external examiner 60%)
Please refer to entry requirements
for the different programmes of study.
Additional entry requirements for this course: English Language GCSE new grade 4 (or old grade C)
Year 2 Drama & Theatre Studies
This is a fantastic opportunity to continue to develop and extend your creativity, explore plays, devise theatre and to perform. You will gain a thorough understanding of drama and theatre and develop analytical writing skills and an ability to communicate effectively.
- Further develop your practical and analytical skills of the rehearsal process and live professional theatre.
- Work in groups 3- 6 students to devise, record, evaluate and perform to an audience a unique and original piece from an original stimulus.
- Develop your own ideas as a director for an interpretation of a production of the classic play Lysistrata by Aristophanes.
- Explore rehearsal techniques and apply theoretical ideas to your own creative working methods.
- Review a live professional, contemporary production of a Shakespeare play in London and study how this play would have been performed in its original context.
Unit 3- devised work consisting of written evaluation and final performance. (40%)
Unit 4- written 2 1/2 hour written examination analysing and evaluating Greek and Shakespearean theatre.