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Compulsory Question about practical
 work completed during the course
          Recap Unit 1 at a glance
• Written paper
• 1 hour 30 mins
• 2 questions. 40 marks each question. Total 80 marks. 40%
  weighting
• Students must answer question 1 from section A and one
  further question from either section B or C
• Section A
• A compulsory question (Describe/Explain/Analyse/Evaluate)
• Practical work completed
• 4 sub questions = 10 marks each
             Unit 1 – Section A
• Part A – Compulsory Question

• Marked out of 10 per question – total 40

• Description of a piece of practical work which the
  candidate has contributed (AO1)
• An explanation of the nature of the activity
  undertaken (AO1)
• An analysis of the process undertaken (AO1)
• An evaluation of the effectiveness (AO3)
    Example Questions – Section A
Choose a piece of practical work in which you have made a
  contribution as an actor or a designer or a technician as part of
  your course.
a) State the style, period and genre of the piece, your target
    audience, the chosen performance space, the use of technical and
    design elements and what you did as your contribution. (10
    marks)
b) Explain what the first ideas for the piece were and give details of
    how you and your group developed them. (10 marks)
c) Explain what improvements you made to the piece during the
    rehearsals and your reasons for making them. (10 marks)
d) Explain what you felt were the strengths and weaknesses of your
    own practical skills in the final performance. (10 marks)
                        Task
• With you group, discuss your rehearsal and
  devising process. Try to write a bullet point list of
  how your performance developed through
  rehearsal. Consider:
   – Any changes you made to the performance.
   – Moments when performance developed particularly
     well.
   – Strengths and weaknesses of the final performance.

• Try to write a timeline detailing you rehearsal and
  development process.
 Choose a piece of work of which you were
                  proud.
A – Describe what the piece was about including style, performance
   space, period and genre. State what theatrical skill you contributed
   to it

B – Explain what it was about your contribution that made you proud?
   Give details of at least one aspect of the performance in support

C – Analyse the work by identifying at least one key section of the
   piece that developed in rehearsal and provide details of at least one
   occasion where progress and improvements were made

D – Evaluate what you learnt from the experience of working on this
   piece. Give details of your own strengths and/or weaknesses in this
   piece
                        A
• Describe what the piece was about including
  style, performance space, period and genre.
  State what theatrical skill you contributed to
  it.

• Jot down a few ideas as to what you could put
  as an answer to this question.

  – 5 minutes
                       Task
• As a group, write bullet points to answer the
  following parts of the question:

  – Describe what the piece was about including style,
    performance space, period and genre.
                                    Task
• On your own, write notes to enable you to answer the
  following:
    State what theatrical skill you contributed to it.


• Possible skills:
     –   Variety of movements, levels, speeds
     –   Choral speech
     –   Tableaux
     –   Echo, repetition of speech
     –   Use of balance and counter balance
     –   Internal monologues/thought tracking
     –   Use of phonic and onomatopoeic sound
                         B
• Explain what it was about your contribution
  that made you proud? Give details of at least
  one aspect of the performance in support.

  – Bullet points what aspects of the performance you
    could discuss in terms of what you contribute. For
    each point, explain how your contribution made
    you proud and how it helped to develop the piece
    as a whole.
                         C
• Analyse the work by identifying at least one key
  section of the piece that developed in rehearsal
  and provide details of at least one occasion
  where progress and improvements were made.

  – List 3 moments that developed during rehearsal.
  – For each moment, analyse and explain how these
    piece developed and what improvements were made.
                          D
• Evaluate what you learnt from the experience of
  working on this piece. Give details of your own
  strengths and/or weaknesses in this piece.
 1. Discuss as a group what strengths you each
    contributed to help the piece to become what it did.
 2. Make a list of what you learnt from this experience.
 3. List your own strengths and explain how these helped
    the piece to develop.
 4. List your own weaknesses and evaluate how these
    could be improved in the future.
• Evaluate how successful you think the piece
  was as a whole and why. What would you do
  to improve it further if you were given the
  opportunity.
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     Section A – Write about your War
                  piece
1. State the style, period and genre of the piece, your target
   audience, the chosen performance space, the use of
   technical and design elements and what you did as your
   contribution.

TASK 1 – In your groups, create a perfect answer to this
   question.

NOTE – There will be very little variation to this question. No
   matter what the question asks, you must describe the
   performance in this question. You must use the
   opportunity to set the context and help the examiner
   understand and visualise the piece.
                                                 Guide
 Identify the performance that you are going to discuss – E.g. “At the beginning of the GCSE drama course, I
  contributed as an actor to a performance based on war.”
 Identify:
           Style
   Dance/Drama / physical theatre using a combination of abstract and realism.
           Genre:
   Devised performance using PHYSICAL THEATRE to develop a piece of theatre reflecting the groups
      attitudes to WAR.
           Period:
   Today – with reference to war across the ages
           Target audience:
   14-16 year olds
           Performance space:
   Thrust stage – audience on 3 sides
 Give a summary of the performance – describe what it was about and the scenes included.
 Try to identify some of the specific skills and techniques you used as part of your description of the scenes.

You need to use this question to set the context of the play. Try to create a clear picture
  in the examiners mind of what the performance was like. REMEMBER – THE
  EXAMINER HAS NOT SEEN YOUR PERFORMANCE!
                   Section A
2. Explain what the first ideas for the piece were
   and give details of how you and your group
   developed them.
3. Explain what improvements you made to the
   piece during the rehearsals and your reasons
   for making them.

What is the difference between these two
  questions? Discuss with your group.
                             Section A, Question 2:
  Explain what the first ideas for the piece were and give details of how you
                       and your group developed them.

Answers should refer to the following points:
 clear identification of the first ideas, e.g. choice of text, style, space,
  equipment
 supporting practical details as to the nature of the working process,
  e.g. consultation on the integration of different elements, rehearsal
  methods, blocking
 supporting details as to the basis of the decision-making by the
  candidate and group, e.g. practical constraints, audience needs,
  interpretations, budget
 clear indication of the strategies used to develop the ideas, e.g.
  improvisation, working sketches, hot-seating, experimenting with
  materials, scale model
 supporting explanation as to how these were employed
 knowledge and understanding of the skills employed in completing the
  task effectively, e.g. performance, design, technical.
                            Task 2
2. Explain what the first ideas for the piece were and give details
   of how you and your group developed them.

TASK – Focusing on one scene from your performance, with your
   group bullet point what you did to develop it from idea to
   performance.
Consider:
 Identify what your first ideas were
 Rehearsal techniques and how these helped develop the piece
 What influenced your decisions – audience needs, narrative,
   mood/atmosphere
 What performance skills you used to create the scene
   effectively
                              Section A, Question 3:
  Explain what improvements you made to the piece during the rehearsals and your
                            reasons for making them.

Answers should refer to the following points:
 identification of elements that were changed, e.g.
  characterisation, pace, mood, plot
 identification of strategies and skills employed in effecting the
  changes, e.g. improvisation around a text, emotional memory
 analysis of needs of production, e.g. awareness of need for
  changes in pace or focus, use of special effects, costume, set,
  properties to establish period
 reasons for change and evaluation of improvements, e.g.
  identification of need for comedy and evaluation of own more
  subtle lighting plot to direct audiences emotion, awareness of
  health and safety issues
 justifications for points being presented.
                        Task 3
3. Explain what improvements you made to the piece during
   the rehearsals and your reasons for making them.

TASK – With your group identify the scene that you think
   improved the most during the rehearsal process. Identify
   how it improved considering:
 Elements that were changed – characterisation/
   pace/mood/atmosphere
 Why did it need to improve?
 Evaluate how effective these improvements were in terms
   of the whole piece.
                                Section A, Question 4:
 Explain what you felt were the strengths and weaknesses of your own practical skills
                              in the final performance.

Answers should refer to the following points:
 the candidate’s awareness of own skills strengths, e.g.
  interpretation of character, focus, interpretation of design
 the candidate’s awareness of own weaknesses, e.g. lack of
  projection, slowness on cues, poor construction and
  realisation of design
 the candidate’s awareness of the processes undertaken by
  self, e.g. rehearsals, plotting cues, rigging, working to a design
  brief
 evaluation of the extent to which the final performance was
  affected by the candidate’s practical skills, e.g. convincing
  characterisation but audience unable to hear speeches,
  effective construction of costume but detail on costume
  washed out by stage lighting, ability to cover effectively for
  missed cues.
                    Task 4
• Write down 2 things that you think were your
  strengths in the performance and 2 that were
  your weaknesses. Discuss in your groups how
  these strengths and weaknesses impacted on
  the final performance.
• Within your group, help each other to work out
  what your individual strengths and weaknesses
  were.
                   Section A
• Remember!!
  – Question 1 = Describe (what was the performance)
  – Question 2 = Explain (what and how)
  – Question 3 = Analyse (why)
  – Question 4 = Evaluate (Impact on performance)
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                  Section a
Choose a piece of practical work of which you
  were proud. You must answer the questions
  that follow from your experience as actor or
  designer or technician.
         Section a, question 01
Choose a piece of practical work of which you
  were proud. You must answer the questions
  that follow from your experience as actor or
  designer or technician.

   Describe what the piece was about including
   the style, performance space, period and
   genre. State what theatrical skill you
   contributed.
                            Writing Guide
•   Identify the performance that you are going to discuss – E.g. “At the beginning of the
    GCSE drama course, I contributed as an actor to a performance based on war.”
•   Identify:
•           Style
      –   Dance/Drama / physical theatre using a combination of abstract and realism.
•           Genre:
      –   Devised performance using PHYSICAL THEATRE to develop a piece of theatre reflecting the
          groups attitudes to WAR.
•           Period:
      –   Today – with reference to war across the ages
•           Target audience:
      –   14-16 year olds
•           Performance space:
      –   Thrust stage – audience on 3 sides
•   Give a summary of the performance – describe what it was about and the scenes
    included.
•   Try to identify some of the specific skills and techniques you used as part of your
    description of the scenes.

You need to use this question to set the context of the play. Try to create a clear picture
    in the examiners mind of what the performance was like. REMEMBER – THE
    EXAMINER HAS NOT SEEN YOUR PERFORMANCE!
        Section A, question 02
Choose a piece of practical work in which you
  have made a contribution as an actor or a
  designer or a technician as part of your
  course.

   Explain what it was about your contribution
   that made you proud. Give details of at least
   one aspect of the performance in support.
                 Writing Guide
• Identify why you were proud of your contribution to the
  performance. You could discuss:
• Your ability to portray characters effectively (how did you
  do this – voice, movement, gesture, facial expression).
• Your creation of the abstract style of work you used (slow
  motion, physical movement to convey meaning, use of
  physical and vocal chorus, tableaux etc.)
• The effect that you had on the audience.
• You need to focus your answer by giving specific examples
  of how and where you used the skills you are identifying.
  Focus on one or 2 specific aspects of the piece.

Keep focusing back to the question – it might ask you to
  focus on just one section or to explain the whole
  performance. Always explain what and why!
         Section a, question 03
Choose a piece of practical work in which you have
  made a contribution as an actor or a designer or
  a technician as part of your course.

   Analyse the work by identifying at least one
   key section of the piece that developed in
   rehearsal and provide details of at least one
   occasion where progress and improvements
   were made.
                  Writing Guide
• Choose the section that you feel developed and improved the
  most during the rehearsal process. Briefly explain what the
  scene/section was about and what you were trying to show to
  the audience (set the context).
• Explain what you and your group did to improve/develop the
  section, referring to specific skills where possible. (think about
  audience response, meaning, story, relationships etc and how
  you created them)
• Make reference to the strategies you used to improve the piece
  during rehearsal (with reference to things like:
  characterisation/interaction, pace/energy/focus, transitions
  between scenes, creation of specific effects for audience)
• Discuss how you improved your own performance in the chosen
  section.

The question asks you to refer to at least one occasion. There is no
   rule as to how many sections/moments you write about, but if
   you feel just discussing one occasion does not allow you to fully
   answer the question then write about 2 or 3. You wont get
   marked down for only referring to one as long as it is in
   sufficient detail.
         Section a, question 04
Choose a piece of practical work in which you
  have made a contribution as an actor or a
  designer or a technician as part of your
  course.

   Evaluate what you learnt from the
   experience of working on this piece. Give
   details of your own strengths and/or
   weaknesses in this piece.
                        Writing guide
•   Explain what you learnt from working on the piece. You might refer to
    specific theatrical skills, the collaborative work involved in creating the
    piece, creation of satisfying audience experience etc.
•   Identify a 2 or 3 strengths and discuss how these impacted on the piece
    as a whole. You might refer to:
     – Effective group work
     – Specific performance skills that you have developed or improved
     – Specific techniques, e.g. tableaux, physical movement, vocal and physical chorus
       work and how they effected meaning/audience response
     – Impact upon audience
•   Identify a 2 or 3 weaknesses and discuss how they impacted on the
    piece as a whole. (Again, you might refer to the above)
•   Concluding sentence to summarise your thoughts about the final
    performance.


NOTE: this question asks you to write about strengths and/or weaknesses
  so you do not necessarily need to do both, but if you hgave time, it
  would be advisable. (Check the wording of the question – some will
  ask you to discuss both!)

				
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