This course combines practical and theoretical study to help you discover how and why theatre is made. Our stunning performance complex has everything you need to explore all aspects of theatre production, with professional sound and lighting equipment and impressive facilities. There are also many opportunities to perform at venues across Cheshire, with fifteen productions and concerts staged last year alone.
What will I study?
Practical exploration and performance work lies at the heart of the course. You will explore a range of contrasting plays and practitioners through practical workshops, as well as giving two assessed performances: one scripted and one devised. There is also the opportunity for you to work alongside our professional team of technicians, gaining practical experience of the technical and design elements of theatre, including set, costume, lighting and sound.
You will also learn to write about theatre, analysing and evaluating plays you have studied and productions you have seen. Theatre trips and workshops with visiting industry professionals are organised by the college and are an integral part of the course.
Assessment is through a combination of performance, coursework and written exams.
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Sir John Deane’s has a thriving Performing Arts department offering a wealth of opportunities to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes. With performing arts, music, media, photography and art students all studying at the sixth form, it’s a great place to meet new contacts and work together. Large scale productions and more intimate nights of theatre, music and dance are all par for the course and recent shows have included ‘Our Country’s Good’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Miss Saigon’.
The course involves regular theatre trips and the opportunity to work with visiting professionals during workshops.
Where might it lead?
University admissions tutors and employers in a range of industries value the confidence, creativity and communication skills that Theatre Studies develops and the subject can support your progression into a variety of courses, both inside and outside the performing arts. The course is an excellent foundation for those who wish to train as professional actors; in the past four years, 12 of our students have gone on to secure places at some of the country’s leading drama schools.