Post 16 Theatre
What kind of student are we looking for?
The Theatre course is looking for dedicated students who are reliable, mature, creative and passionate about working in Theatre. They need to be independent and good at working in teams. They need to be able to research, rehearse and focus at a high standard.
This course has been created for any young person who is excited about the world of Theatre. It is designed for the actors, directors, playwrights and Theatre producers of tomorrow.
UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)
On this 16 hours a week course, students study both the theory and practice of a wide range of Theatre styles.
In Year 12 all students take part in workshop productions of a number of important Theatre genres, learning about important movements in Theatre development. These range from using Stanislavskian techniques to create truthful characters on stage in term 1 to devising powerful new plays that explore social issues in our political Theatre term. Students explore Artaud and Brook and push the boundaries of Theatre in our experimental term and will perform in a fully produced Shakespeare play in term 4. They will finish their first year by working with various community groups.
In the past we have toured primary schools, worked with children who have disabilities, run workshops with patients at St Christopher’s Hospice and produced cabaret for outdoor festivals.
In Year 12 students also study Theatre history, voice, scriptwriting, site specific Theatre and physical Theatre. The lessons in these subjects broaden the students’ experience, range and potential. Students get to improve their voice and speaking skills, write their own plays and produce original work.
Students also a have a regular tutor session each week, which helps them focus on their skills development and careers.
Year 13 is dedicated to focusing on the future. Students form their own Theatre companies and perform work in our new Theatre as part of our month long season ‘Common Ground’. Students take on major acting roles in these productions.
We have always selected from a diverse range of writers for our productions. In recent years our work has included plays by Ariel Dorfman, Tony Kushner, Debbie Tucker Green, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Roy Williams, Fin Kennedy, Caryl Churchill, Howard Brenton and Mike Bartlett.
All students are also given the opportunity to work as directors in which they work with younger students, study scripts and run workshops and to learn skills in how to prepare for auditions, interviews and castings.
Throughout the course students will benefit from workshops with professional actors, writers, directors and producers. In recent years students received workshops from The Royal Shakespeare Company, Frantic Assembly, Forced Entertainment, Improbable, Paines Plough, Tangled Feet, Look Left, Look Right, Analogue and writer, Matt Charman.
Students are expected to go on Theatre trips organised by the department at least once a term. In recent years our trips have included visits to the Royal National Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, The Royal Court, The Roundhouse and The Barbican, Theatre Local and the Young Vic.
There are over 30 productions a year presented by the Theatre department. If students are not performing in them they can often help by working as front of house ushers, lighting operators and marketing managers. There is so much to be involved in for students with the energy and the commitment. Students often produce their own work at the school and dedicate themselves to rehearse in their own time in one of our many studio spaces. We have had great success in the National Student Drama Festival and performed work in various outside venues including The Trafalgar Studios, The Bussey Building, The Brighton Fringe and The RSC’s Dell Theatre.
By the end of the two-year course students are well equipped for the professional world of Theatre or for further study at university or drama school.
The futures for our students are bright and exciting. Theatre students have gone on to study at leading drama schools including RADA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, Drama Centre, East 15, Bristol Old Vic and LAMDA. BRIT School Theatre students go to many leading universities including Exeter, Kent, Manchester and University of East Anglia.
Careers for BRIT School Theatre students are rich and diverse. BRIT School Theatre students have gone on to work as actors on television, stage and film. They have set up their own touring Theatre companies and worked as teachers and workshop leaders around the world. They have written their own short films, become Theatre agents, written songs for Michael Jackson, become policemen, shop managers, journalists and recording artists. We maintain excellent relationships with our ex-students, who frequently return to the school to give talks and workshops.
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a) What was your most recent role? Please name the play, playwright and character you played if relevant. Do you think you were successful, and why?
b) What do you think is the most effective piece of theatre you have seen and why?
c) What actors and actresses do you admire and why?
d) Why do you think theatre is important? Explain your reasoning through examples of your experience making and seeing theatre performances.