DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES

There is a reason why plays, ballet and the likes of them have become world famous – they engage an audience. From the storylines and scripts to the characters and dialogue delivery to the music, lyrics and dances, all these are crucial elements which make or break dramatic productions. The performing arts, stage drama and live entertainment have a long history which can be traced as far back as 472 B.C. during the times of the Ancient Greeks. Drama and theatre in primitive societies held a much greater purpose than simply entertaining the public – it was an avenue for freedom of expression, particularly on political matters. America’s Broadway Musicals, Pakistan’s modern Qawwalis and stand up comedies changed the face of drama and theatre as we know it today. However, there is much more to a stage performance than meets the eye. The study of Drama and Theatre in A Levels sheds light on the theory and practice of the subject.