Perform - Technical Theatre


Why should I study this subject?

Are you an actor, dancer or musical theatre performer with a love of all things theatre? Then this is the course for you.
If you choose BTEC Theatre Performance, you will have an opportunity to explore a range of performance styles and practitioners, taking original and existing productions from concept to final performance. After this exploration, you will apply the skills and techniques you have learned to stage your own production, in your chosen performance discipline. In the final stages of the course, you will get to create a performance in response to a brief and evaluate the process you have been through to take it from concept to stage. The course offers you flexibility and freedom to be who you are, and to base what you perform around your strengths and what you enjoy.

What will I study?

In the first stages of the course, you will explore performance in a range of styles, looking at professional, existing works and creating your own performances in response to them. After this, you will take performances from initial ideas to final production, finally working to a brief set by the exam board. You can explore this brief in whichever direction your creativity takes you!

The course is made up of three components:

Component One: Exploring the Performing Arts
You will undertake workshops in different styles of performance, exploring the work of professionals in the Performing Arts Industry. You will investigate the techniques, approaches and processes that make up the creation of professional performance.

Component Two: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
You will prepare and stage your own production of existing dance, drama or musical theatre performance. You will develop your performing arts skills and techniques in workshops in preparation for a final performance.

Component Three: Responding to a Brief
You will create original group performance ideas based on a brief or stimulus set by the exam board. In response to this brief, you will be asked to consider a target audience, starting the creative process with the stimulus in mind. Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a workshop performance, applying key skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience.

How will I be assessed?

Components One and Two are assessed through non-exam internal assessment, which has been designed to demonstrate students’ application of their knowledge of the Performing Arts Industry and its processes. These components focus on knowledge and understanding, development and application of skills and reflective practice. The exam board set the Assignments for Components One and Two.

Component Three is an external assessment, completed under supervised conditions. The aim of this Component is to summarise and evidence students’ learning throughout the qualification. The external assessment is based on a key task that requires students to demonstrate that they can identify and effectively apply skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge that they have covered throughout the course.

What skills will I learn?

You will develop all key skills that will make you successful in your future life, whatever you choose to do.

  • You will show / reveal your creativity when developing ideas.
  • You will be able to perform effectively in your chosen area.
  • You will develop key life skills – confidence, independence, teamwork and collaboration skills, as well as self-discipline, motivation and commitment.

What equipment will I need?

You may be asked to provide items of clothing as costumes for your performance, though this will rarely be at any cost to you (if ever). After this, general learning equipment will be required, as outlined in your School Planner.

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

Theatre Performance will help you to become a confident member of society, to celebrate diversity, to achieve your aspirations through creativity and commitment and help you to secure a better understanding of your own values. All this will be achieved through the study of performance from a range of cultures and styles, touching on topics that challenge your perspectives.

Where can this subject take me?

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

  • A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects
  • study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Performing Arts, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the performing arts or production arts areas.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of routes designed to lead to work, employment, apprenticeships or further study at Level 3.

Where can I find out more?

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The Curriculum Team

Mrs M Cutler
Subject Leader of Performing Arts
Mrs C Hunt
Teacher of Performing Arts
Ms S Preston
Dance Instructor