The following are minimum work requirements for this course.
Practical Tasks – Learners will complete practical work in two areas:
- work as a member of a production team
- viewing live theatre productions.
Work as a member of a production team
Learners must work as a member of a production team on a minimum of two (2) public performance events/theatrical productions. These must be distinct and separate events, not repeated performances of the same event/show run. Illustrative examples of suitable performance events/theatrical productions include, but are not limited to, production team in support of:
- a college musical or theatrical show run
- assessment performances in Performing Arts courses
- local amateur theatre show runs.
In addition, work as a member of a production team working to support minor events – such as items in a school/college assemblies – may be undertaken to develop skills and for formative assessment purposes.
View live theatre productions
Learners must attend at least two (2) different theatre performances in order to appraise the use and effect of technical elements in live theatre. These will be live, not recordings or video/filmed performances. These will not be performances in which they work as a member of a production team.
Theoretical Tasks – Learners will complete theory work in two areas:
- reflective practice related to own work as a member of a production team
- appraisal of the use and effect of technical elements in live theatre productions.
Learners will complete TWO written reports about their work as a member of a production team – one for each of the performance events/theatrical productions in which they must be involved. Each report of approximately 600 – 900 words (2 – 3 pages) in length.
Focus of each report will be:
- describing the role(s) they played in the event/production
- describing the relationships between this role/roles, the roles of other members of the production team, the cast, and the director(s)
- describing the skills they developed within the context of working as a member of the production team
- describing the workplace health and safety risks involved in the production and the processes used to mitigate these risks
- appraisal of the success – or otherwise – of their work, including noting strengths in their own work, areas for improvement, and problems/issues that may have arisen.
Each report will also include support materials such as: call books; schedules; prop lists; and designs. These are in addition to the report length requirement.
Appraisal of technical elements in live theatre
Learners will complete TWO written reports appraising the use and effect of technical elements in live theatre – one for each of the public performance events/theatrical productions they have viewed. These will be live, not recordings or video/filmed performances. These will not be performances in which they work as a member of a production team.
Each report of approximately 600 – 900 words (2 – 3 pages) in length.
Focus of each report will be:
- a brief description of the show/event (what, where, when)
- describing the technical elements used in the production (such as lighting, set, costume, effects, sound/music). The learner must describe a range of technical elements, but may elect to describe in depth elements of particular note or interest.
- appraisal of the use of technical elements used in the production (how did elements such as lighting, set, costume, effects, sound/music relate to each other, and contribute to the artistic intent? Were there problems/issues? What was the impact of such problems/issues? How were they managed? How might they have been managed?).
Each of the written reports will use the following format:
- have a title, headings and sub-headings
- use dot points and paragraphs where appropriate. When dot points are used they must provide clear information, not an over simplistic summary or a single word. Formal essay style responses are not required.
- have a conclusion
- diagrams, pictures and other support material may be included within the report. They must to be referred to, and discussed within, the report.
- the source of the information, images, ideas or words not the learner’s own must be explicitly acknowledged using an appropriate referencing/citation method, and a reference list/bibliography will be provided.*
*For further information see the TASC documents: Authenticity and Academic Integrity: A Guide and 'How do I reference (cite) other peoples' information, images, ideas or words used in my work?'
GENERAL WORK EXPECTATIONS
This course requires a class of learners to undertake and fulfil the role of a technical production team member working as part of a group and individually. Individual learners must be aware that such roles involve expectations that they will:
- be punctual to all rehearsals/performances
- 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)
- attend all pre-production meetings, prepare technical areas prior to bump in
- work as a member of a technical production team, including bump in and bump out
- participate in rehearsals and performances including out of normal school hours as required
- manage time, prioritise tasks and meet production deadlines
- attend required out-of-hours public 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.