Berkoff: A Complete Guide for A Level Edexcel

Using theatre to express his political views and push the boundaries of genres, Steven Berkoff is widely recognised as one of the most influential and controversial practitioners of the last 50 years. With a highly physical performance style and stark production design, there is much in his work that students will find both challenging and rewarding.

Very useful practical ideas

R Crosbie, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

These engaging notes and inspired activities will bring Berkoff’s fascinating style to life! Students will explore, interpret and gain full appreciation of his work and ethos:

  • Comprehensive and captivating notes cover Berkoff from all angles
    • Including context, beginnings, works, purpose, practice, methods, techniques, influences, and collaborations.
  • Imaginative activities inform students’ interpretations by exploring ideas and experimenting with techniques.
    • Perfect balance of practical and non-practical tasks – including reflection, writing and research.
  • Dedicated assessment section offers practical advice on how to apply Berkoff to the relevant components: Exploration and Performance (AS) and Devising and Theatre Makers in Practice (A Level)

Written specifically for Edexcel, with detailed indicative content and full teacher’s notes provided, this essential guide helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of Berkoff as a practitioner.

What do teachers say about this resource? (11084)

A very well researched resource with a great deal of background information and some secure ideas of how to access this information. There are some nice practical resources to explore Berkoff's style. I thought the glossaries useful too.

The wealth of information is well presented.

The resource would be an excellent introduction to Berkoff, especially to students who were going on to study one of his plays, either as a class or as group preparation for performance 

A Warren, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Very useful practical ideas and well linked to a variety of outcomes in the exam specification.

It is well pitched for the students studying the course. Practical activities are achievable and interesting. Encourages students to find out their own answers and opinions.

R Crosbie, Teacher & Peer Reviewer