Drama and Theatre Studies

Adams College Transition Work

Drama and Theatre Studies

This transition work is intended to prepare you for A level study. We would like you to work through the tasks listed.
You must bring your completed work with you on Wednesday 5th September, ready to demonstrate your understanding of the transition tasks in lessons. Teachers will test your knowledge and understanding of this work in class tests, the week beginning 17th September.

For your A Level, you will be studying the work of different Theatre Practitioners. Two of those we will be studying are arguably the two most influential practitioners of the modern age, whose work is highly regarded and widely used in theatre today. These two people are Konstantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht.

In September, we will be starting to apply Stanislavski’s techniques to the study of a play, so prior to this you will need to familiarise yourself with his ideas and working methods.
Before you return in September, you will need to have researched the life and work of Konstantin Stanislavki:

1) Research basic biographical details, for example when and where was he born, when did he die, family life, career.
2) What were his views on theatre – what did he want a performance to achieve? What effect did he want his work to have on an audience?
3) What are the major elements of Stanislavski’s ‘system’? What does the system aim to produce?

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