This A2 Drama and Theatre Studies Study Guide (AQA) is a thoroughly revised new edition of A Students Guide to AS Drama and Theatre Studies for the AQA new specification.
For first teaching in September 2009 and examination in June 2010
This study guide will support you throughout your AQA A2 Drama and Theatre Studies course. The authors take you through the various elements of the course and explain the precise requirements of each unit, making sure you understand how to approach them and what the examiners are looking for in each case.
The texts are individually examined from the point of view of the actor, the director and the designer.
A thorough section on Unit 3a, Pre-20th century Texts, offers advice on analysing and approaching each of the set texts from a performance perspective.
For Unit 3b, there is an examination of each of the 20th-century and Contemporary Drama set texts: Lorca Blood Wedding, This section considers these plays as texts for performance from the perspective of a director, offering guidance on how to prepare for the exam, compose your answer and use the theories of key practitioners to shape your understanding of the texts.
The requirements of Unit 4, Devised Drama, are gone through carefully with regard to the development of skills in acting or design to work towards a performance. This section offers guidance on time management, research and planning, as well as how to produce an effective portfolio.
A reference chapter details those theatrical terms and ideas that you will need to be able to refer to with confidence in your essays, together with an illustrated explanation of the common staging forms, which will be helpful when working on Unit 3.