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Task One

Choosing a style or practitioner for your devised piece.

One of the things you have to consider when devising your exam performance is which style or practitioner is going to influence your work.


Someone who has had a massive influence on how plays are written, performed or staged. These people have changed the world of theatre and will certainly influence the work you devise and perform.

Here are some practitioners you might be familiar with:

  • Konstantin Stanislavski
  • Betrolt Brecht
  • Augusto Boal
  • Antonin Artaud


Download this document to read more about the key methods and techniques of some of the most influential practitioners (PDF file 397kb)


Indicates a specific way of performing. Sometimes a style is linked closely with a particular practitioner eg Naturalism is linked closely with Stanislavski; Forum Theatre is linked with Boal; Physical Theatre is linked with Artaud.

Here are some other styles you might be familiar with:

  • Comedy
  • Tragedy
  • Melodrama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre in Education

Each style and practitioner has methods and techniques which are usually unique to them although sometimes they are influenced by others!

Your task is to show your teacher and the moderator that you understand these methods and how they have influenced your preparation and final performance.

It is very important that you choose something you are familiar with and know something about.


Download this document to find out more about different styles (PDF file 397kb)

Examiner's Tip:

When choosing a style or practitioner for your final devised performance try to concentrate on a specific one. Mixing lots of different methods and styles will make your devised performance look messy and disjointed.

Practical activity:

Go back to the scenario using the stimuli based on joy riding. How could you adapt it to show:

  • The methods of Stanislavski.
  • The methods of Artaud.
  • The style of Theatre in Education.

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