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Performance Arts 2020

Explore the diversity of contemporary theatre-making


Valid from 1 September 2020


The Performance Arts exams are designed for learners who want to engage with diverse and contemporary theatre-making.

In pairs, groups or as solo performers, candidates demonstrate their skills in the imaginative and creative exploration and integration of different performance forms and materials.

These exams provide the opportunity to create performances that have personal meaning. This can range from spoken word such as comedy routines, acting or prose reading, to physical theatre such as folk and traditional dance, improvisation, puppetry or mime. Candidates can also explore opportunities provided by recorded media, such as screening and talking about a film they have made. Furthermore, candidates can explore complementary performance skills such as costume-making, lighting, set and audio design.

Performance Arts Specifications from 2020

The new Performance Arts specifications are valid from 1 September 2020.

The Performance Arts 2020 specifications:

  • Develops a range of performance and creative skills to reflect the contemporary requirements of a multiskilled performer and the candidate’s own interests and cultures
  • Explores the diverse on and off stage skills required for diverse, contemporary theatre making
  • Explores wider theatrical skills such as make-up, costume and set design, mask work, puppetry, as well as showcasing modern technology in performance such as filmed work, lighting and sound design
  • Available from Initial to Grade 8 for solo, pair and group exams.

“The Performance Arts syllabus allows a student to create a programme of work that matches their personality. It allows them to express themselves, and it really suits people who enjoy a wide variety of performance skills. – Mollie Guilfoyle, Trinity Examiner


Download the Performance Arts 2020 specifications

Drama 2020 Resources

Visit our resources site and discover over 100 support resources to inspire teachers and candidates, in addition to our online anthology. Download our booklet to gain an overview of the new syllabus specifications and see how you can work with them.

Visit our Drama Resources site Go to Anthology

Current Drama specifications

For the current, Communication Skills, Musical Theatre and Performance Arts and Speech and Drama graded and certificate exam specifications, please click on the button below. Please note that there will be no overlap between syllabus specifications, and the current exams will expire on 31 August 2020, after which only the new specifications can be used.

Current Drama specifications


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