Theatre is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.
The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course of study. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasises the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists.
Students experience the course from contrasting artistic perspectives. They learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualise their work. The theatre course encourages students to appreciate that through the processes of researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre— as participants and audience members—they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world.
Through the study of theatre, students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives, developing an appreciation of the diversity of theatre practices, their processes and their modes of presentation. It enables students to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture and promotes international-mindedness.
To fully prepare students for the demands of the assessment tasks, teachers should ensure that their planning addresses each of the syllabus activities outlined below, the content and focus of which is not prescribed. Students are required to investigate the core syllabus areas from the perspectives of creator, designer, director, performer and spectator.
This course is available in two levels as detailed below:
Standard Level - https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/theatresl2016englishw.pdf
Higher Level - https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/theatrehl2016englishw.pdf
The course components are assessed as follows:
Creating Theatre Based on Theory : Assessed by Solo Theatre Piece - weighting 35%
Working with Playtexts : Assessed by Director's Notebook - weighting 20%
Exploring World Theatre traditions : Assessed by Research Presentation - weighting 20%
Collaboratively Creating Original Theatre : Assessed by Collaborative Project - weighting 25%
General Entry Requirement for The Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form
Minimum of GCSE grade 4 (G4) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4
Onward progression from IB Theatre can lead to foundation acting courses, diploma/degree level acting or technical theatre courses at specialist theatre schools as well as post 18 undergraduate degrees in Drama or a related subject. IB Theatre is broad and both physically and mentally demanding sufficiently preparing students for an academic or vocational course at university level. The breadth within the syllabus would support the onward study of Politics, History, English, Law, amongst other degrees not necessarily specifically theatre or drama