Learners undertaking this course will participate in a range of practical drama experiences, both solo and in a group situation. Learners must perform from memory and all work will be presented on set deadlines.
Tasks will be based on text and learner-devised work will also be included. Learners are required to participate in a major public performance based either on a published text or a piece of learner-devised theatre, which is experimental in form, structure or theme. Learners are required to write about this production for both internal and external assessment purposes.
Learners will be required to undertake a role as part of an ensemble in the rehearsal and performance of a text based production for a public performance. A second performance experience will be for external assessment purposes.
Learners will record regular reflections about their learning over the course of the year. These reflections will provide an indication of the learner’s progress through the drama performance and skills development tasks.
Learners will attend a minimum of three live theatre performances and submit a written response on these performances, employing formal essay style.
Following the Skills Development work, learners will participate in a whole class production based on a genre or theatre practice from a published play script, published or devised Children’s Theatre script or Devised Documentary script, with a polished performance outcome to help build drama and group skills. Emphasis will be placed on the place of the play text and playwright in Theatre History, an exploration of social, political or cultural context as relevant and the influence of this information on the production elements.
Further work throughout the year on monologues, duologues, small scenes from play scripts and related text linked thematically by devised drama processes with culminating performance outcomes, will serve as skill development and preparation for the practical external assessment.
Throughout the year learners will attend live theatre productions, in addition to the viewing of the work of peers; to be followed by class discussions, forums, critique style reflections and essay writing skill development in order to complete a minimum of three live theatre reviews.
GENERAL WORK EXPECTATIONS
This course requires a class of learners to undertake and fulfil the role of a performer working as a member of a group, and individually. Individual learners must be aware that such roles involve expectations that they will:
- complete necessary tasks in preparation for rehearsals/performances (e.g. memorising lines, learning blocking)
- take responsibility for ensuring that they know and understand rehearsal rosters/performance calls, and plan for attendance (e.g. with part-time employer, in regard to transport), and
- be punctual to all rehearsals/performances.
In addition to any penalties a provider may choose to impose on an individual who fails to meet these expectations, learners must be aware that failure to meet these expectations will have adverse effects on their assessment outcomes. For example, a learner who has not memorised lines may be penalised for this in the assessment of Criterion 6. A learner who does not know and understand their blocking and other elements of stagecraft in an assessed performance may be penalised for this in the assessment of Criterion 3. A learner who arrives late, unprepared or who fails to appear may be penalised for this in the assessment of Criterion 4 as they have failed to support the group.