Task Two

Devised evaluation guidance

If you're not quite sure where to start with your devised evaluation this Revision Bite may help you.

There's a list of useful starter sentences to get you going in each section, and some vocab that will show you what's expected.


Starter sentences and useful vocab

When we started devised practical work our teacher showed us... (Give details of the stimulus)

Vocab: image, poem, speech, appeal, news article, script [script: The text of a play or drama production - usually the script will give suggestions for the setting of the scene and contain direction for the characters ], extract etc.

Our teacher asked us to...(Give details about what your teacher asked you to do)

Vocab: still images / freeze frames, short scenes, narration, titles, captions.

The topics/issues/themes were...

(Give brief details about what ideas your group had in relation to the topic/theme/issue)

Vocab: scenario, atmosphere, characters, roles, etc.

My first task was to...

(Give details about what you did, what strategies and elements you used and your intentions)

Vocab: characters, split stage, action/plot/content, contrasts, levels, movement/mime/gesture, conventions, spoken language etc.

The performance of …....influenced our devised piece in many ways

(Give brief details of what you saw and where. What influenced you? eg style, how characters were developed, set. How and where you decided to use the ideas in your own work)

Our chosen practitioner was.....

Vocab: style, structure, naturalism, episodic

Our teacher asked us to think about...

(Give details of how your teacher asked you to think about your work)

Vocab: development of our work into... scene(s), character (characterisation), using symbols, cross-cutting, contrasts, lighting, marking the moment etc.

We felt, at this point, that...

(Give details of what decisions were taken, and why)

Vocab: plot (storyline), setting/situation, natural, naturalistic, narrator/narration, mime, voice-over, split-stage, levels, close or distant, sound and silence, freeze, flashback, cross-cutting [cross-cutting: A technique used to show flash-backs, flash-forwards or to create the illusion of two or more actions occuring at the same time ], costume, props, set, staying in role, focus, thought track, monologue [monologue: An extended speech performed by one person only ], dialogue.

The difficult aspect of the work was...

(Give details of difficulties such as timing, maintaining characterisation, changing roles, staging certain sequences etc)

My role was communicated by...

(Give details of posture, expression, body language, voice etc with reference to a dramatic sequence in the work)

Staging our work we...

(Give details of acting area, proxemics, sightlines for audience, use of objects / set in performance)

Vocab: upstage, downstage, centre stage, language register, pace, timing, tension, structure, movement, stillness.

We discussed what technical elements we should use

(Give details of set/props, lighting, music/sound, costume/makeup)

Vocab: period, colour, fabric, garments, projected image, gobo [gobo: A lighting device that creates patterns of projected light on the stage ], spot, black-out, fade-up/down, symbolic, intensity, atmosphere, location.


Our audience said that...

(Give some idea about the feedback you got from other people)

Vocab:proxemics [proxemics: The distance between two interacting individuals ], audibility (whether you could be heard), masking [masking: When one actor obstructs the audiences view of another ] (if someone blocks off someone else so they can't be seen), role, moving, characterisation [characterisation: To portray a role using voice and physical skills ], believability, impact, etc.

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