AS Drama Theatre Studies – The Trojan Women by Euripides Study

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					AS Drama & Theatre Studies – The Trojan Women by Euripides (415 BC - Edexcel version)

     Week                               Overview/Activities                          Homework/Independent Study
      1
                    The Trojan Women in Context:                               Visit the website below (understanding of
                    (Preparation for studying The Trojan Women)                The Trojan Women in context)
Social, Cultural,   LO: To have a deeper understanding of the role of
Historical,
                    women in war-time.
    Political
                    Resources: Newspapers Please bring in some articles        http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/apr2000/troj-
    Context
                                                                               a03.shtml
                    concerning war/terrorism etc ….
                     Watch video of TW (Edexcel) – Will be done in class.     Also, visit ‘collect work from teachers’,
                    Discuss opening speech.                                    where I have put some famous speeches.
                                                                               Independently or in working groups
Interpretation                                                                 research the speeches/find others. Make
                     Students discuss their independent findings on           notes.
                    speeches and share ideas.
                     Students make notes.                                     Compare the speeches with the ones on
                     Students practically explore the prologue. In light of   the students’ page/your own with
                    your research, how would you direct the entrance of        Poseidon’s opening prologue.
                    Poseidon? Students work practically. Make notes.
                     Discuss and explore practically using male and female    Make notes and be prepared to discuss all
                    figures of importance.                                     the speeches in light of their Social,
                                                                               Cultural, Historical and Political context.




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    Week                              Overview/Activities                           Homework/Independent Study
       1           Reading/Exploring the chorus: Pages 14 - 19                  Preparation of presentation for given
   15.09.08        LO: To understand the role of Chorus in Greek                 character/s in this section – should
                   tragedy.                                                      include questions for hot seating
   Language         All students will practically explore the role of the       character, background and their
                   chorus through voice, movement and gesture.                   character in context and ideas on how
Characterisation
                                                                                 to direct and play the chorus.
                    Questions for initial exploration and discussion:          Record notes: What did you explore
                   How do students see chorus? Purpose?                          practically?
Interpretation
                   Do they know each other?                                     Reflect ideas in relation to the
                   Is the chorus ensemble?                                       element links:
Practitioner       How might they react as a group? As individuals?                1. Language
                   How might chorus be grouped?                                    2. Non-verbal communication
                   Singing?                                                        3. Vocal awareness
                   Dancing?                                                        4. Characterisation
                   Chanting?                                                       5. Social, Cultural, Historical,
                   Physically fit?                                                    Political context.
                   What is their job in relation to Hecuba? Do they know           6. Visual, Aural and Spatial elements
                   their own fates?                                                7. Interpretation
                   Historically?                                                   8. Response to a practitioner (The
Characterisation   Group activities:                                                 Trojan Women – Bertolt Brecht)
                    Diary of Talthybius and his relationship with the       FACT: In ancient Greek drama, the
                   women – write a diary entry for Talthybius that could     chorus was always accompanied by a
                   be dramatised.                                            musician on double pipes and lines of the
                                                                             play were intoned as they danced to them.
                      Character Glossary – start to chart the changes in    Research in light of the above statement
                       the characters from what you have read so far.        and suggest different ways of dealing
                      Make notes.                                           with the chorus.

                                                                             Use notes/diaries to reflect your ideas


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   Week                              Overview/Activities                          Homework/Independent Study
     3             Reading -Exploring to end of Act I:
  (wk beg.         LO: To have a deeper understanding of some key           Preparation for the week:
  6/10/08)         characters
   Language         Practical exploration of relationship between             Be prepared to explore the
                      Talthybius and Hecuba and the relationship between        relationship between Hecuba and the
Characterisation
                      the Chorus and Hecuba - student directing peers in        chorus – see activities. Re-read
 Non Verbal           this section (followed by seminar style feedback).        Cassandra’s speech and be ready to
Communication       Introduction of Cassandra’s language – close reading       explore ideas practically
                      of her first entrance (Significance of ‘burning
     Voice
                      torches’)                                                Essay: Due 16th October 2008
Interpretation      Practical exploration in small groups
                    Hot-seating characters                                 Hecuba is seen as a powerful figure-head.
   ( V, A, S)       Make notes. What did you do? Reflect on                How far do you agree with this
                      outcomes, linking ideas to the exploration elements   statement? Use quotes from the play and
                                                                            any ideas that you have explored
                   Group activities:                                        practically. Add any research you may
   ( V, A, S)      Group 1. Simple staging. Read and discuss situations     have done independently, backing up your
                   and the feelings of the characters. Swap roles.          ideas from the text.
                   Discuss staging. Write thoughts.
Interpretation
                   Group 2. Brecht in mind. Experiment where you might      1000 words (approx – 2 sides A 4)
 Practitioner      want characters to stand aside from roles in line with
                   Brecht’s ideas about; ‘verfremdung’ . Discuss any
                   altered ideas re: characters. Write thoughts.

                   PLENARY: examples of activities under elements title.
                   Students match their own notes to the elements.




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    Week                             Overview/Activities                        Homework/Independent Study
     4             Reading/Exploring Act II:                               ASSESSMENT - practical
                   LO: To demonstrate understanding of Visual, Aural and    Rehearsal of duologue between Hecuba
  Non verbal       spatial elements through practical exploration.         and Andromache or Talthybius and
communication                                                              Andromache in preparation for
                      Sight & Sound – what do the audience hear and see   assessment
    Vocal
  Awareness            when scene opens – exploration of dramatic
                       techniques.
    V, A, S           Practical exploration of Hecuba and Chorus &
                       Andromache (Hecuba’s daughter in law)
 Practitioner
                       choral work
                      Moulding chorus
                      Thought tracking exercise/ narration techniques

       5           Reading/Exploring Act III:                              Below are some links for your research:
Interpretation     LO: To have a deeper understanding of
                   characterisation through dramatic presentations and     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen
Characterisation
                   improvisations.
     S,V,A                                                                 http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/helen
                      Improvisation of relationship between Menalaus      /Helen_of_Troy_and_the_Trojan_War.h
  Historical
                       Helen – development of characterisation             tm
                      Dramatic presentation of Menalaus, Helen and
                       Hecuba
                      Helen of Troy – Discuss in Vinegar Tom              Also, see in ‘Vinegar Tom’ by Caryll
                      Assessment of duologues (prepared from week 4)      Churchill Kramer/Sprenger Duologue




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    Week                         Overview/Activities                               Homework/Independent Study
     6          Reading/Exploring Act IV:                                     Written outcomes/exploration notes:
Vocal awareness LO: To have a vocal awareness through interpretation.          Vocal awareness – What? How? Why?
                                                                               Intepretaion – What? How? Why?
Interpretation
                       Applying voice to the character
                       Exploring scenes and focusing on one character;       BE ANALYTICAL!
                        their given circumstances, style and objective and
                        how these factors will influence character’s pitch,
                        range, pace, use of pause, tone, volume and
                        articulation
                       Choose a short section and work with partner/group
                        or on your own and discuss how effectively your
                        character was portrayed by the use of your voice.
                       Student feedback – analyse performances
                       Make notes.

       7            Criticism & Play in Performance:                                 Independent research
Social, Cultural,                                                                    Make notes
  Historical,       LO: To have a clear understanding of the political,
   Political
                    social, cultural and historical context.
   Context

                           Analysis of Euripides’ reason for writing play
                           Parallels of The Trojan Women to Wars of today
                           Devising short modern pieces of drama which
                            explore the ideas in Trojan women
                           The relevance of The Trojan women in today’s
                            society
                           DVD – TROY

       8            Opening scene and chosen sections:                           Rehearsal of any chosen section with
                     Impressions of Poiseidon – Act I Prologue DVD               regard to V, S, A
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   Week                                Overview/Activities                    Homework/Independent Study
                   Edexcel                                                 Exploration notes
    VAS           Visual – discuss
                  Aural – discuss
                  Spatial – Discuss
                  Use of one significant prop – Discuss the appearance
                   and what effect it should have on stage.
                  Use of set – different levels of staging
                  Proxemics
                  Experiment with providing live effects (vocal and
                   made with objects e.g. drum
                  How do these highlight some aspects of the play
      9          The director and interpretation:                              Prepare your written account into a
  Language          Choose one short section and discuss what                  dramatic monologue for assessment
                       effect it might have on the audience. Perform it         in class.
Interpretation
                       to achieve the intended effect.
 Non Verbal         Discuss different ways to vary the scene to
Communication          produce different effects – sympathy of
                       characters
   Vocal            Explore use of space, timing and space to show
 Awareness
                       character’s feelings and attitude.
   V, S, A          Group activity – choose same section, divide class
                       and explore to come up with different
                       interpretations.
                    Make notes.




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     Week                            Overview/Activities                         Homework/Independent Study
      10             Working with a practitioner in mind:                  In pairs prepare some ideas for video
                        Epic                                              workshop performance for exam board.
  Practitioner          Practical exploration with Brecht in mind         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertolt_Brec
                        Exploring different sections of the play using    ht
Interpretation
                          symbolism
                        Audience effect                                   http://impserver.bournemouth.ac.uk/~joe
                        Political motives                                 /ergodic/verfremdungseffekt.htm
                        Brecht’s techniques – practical exploration


       11            Preparing for filming workshop:                           Focus on Exploration notes for
                     LO: To have a good understanding and the knowledge       submitting next week.
    Language         to film workshop.
Non verbal comm.
Vocal awareness
                         Discuss ideas
Characterisation         Non verbal communication – Cassandra pages 27 –
 Social, cultural,          29 - The chorus pages 43 -47 – Talthybius,
  historical and
political context
                            Andromache, Chorus and Hecuba page 65
Visual, Aural and        Practitioner – Talthybius, Andromache Page 67
      spatial            Character – background, motivation
 Interpretation
   Response to
                         Language – Cassandra pages 27 – 29. Talthybius
   practitioner             Pages 103 – 105. Focus on punctuation, asides,
                            repetitions length of speech
                         V A S pages 119 – end
                         Vocals – key characters and chorus
                         Students’ interpretation. Discuss.
       12            Students’ forum:                                      Finally submit 3000 words: Exploration
                     Questions and answers                                 notes on The Crucible and The Trojan
                                                                           Women




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