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Task Two

Higher order written work


Here are some examples of written Documentary Response which show excellent or outstanding understanding and engagement.

  • Proxemically, it was evident that the police officer was in a position of power.
  • We used proxemics (a raised platform at the centre of the stage) to emphasize the status of the character.
  • The audience was drawn into the argument when Jim asked the rhetorical question.
  • Juxtaposing the chase scene and the telephone conversation created dramatic contrast.
  • Overlapping the dialogue created pace and excitement.
  • Jim's body language was closed and hopeless; short sentences and lack of vocal expression further enhanced this.
  • We decided the scene needed an extra dimension, which is why we introduced the mime sequence.
  • In begging members of the audience to hide our religious artefacts we hoped to further engage their empathy [empathy: An awareness and understanding of another person's feelings, situation or motives. ] and understanding for the persecuted congregation.
  • Members of the cast, adding items of shabby costume to the immobile Thomas while narrating the main events of the following year, symbolised his descent into relative helplessness.

The examples show clear understanding of sophisticated work and thinking that the top bands need to show consistently through the Devised Evaluation.

Examiner's Tip:

When making a point always give a specific example. Don't be too general! Look at the example below:

“In scene 3 it was important I had vocal control, especially at the pivotal moment when Catherine steals my diary and I break her phone. This leads into an argument and it’s important that I showed vocal variation, particularly in my pitch and volume. I wanted to create a tense atmosphere and I achieved this by accentuating my pace on key words and phrases eg “put it down now”. As Stanislavski was my chosen practitioner it was also important that I achieved a realistic expression to my voice as I didn't want to sound too melodramatic. I also thought about the subtext behind the words. Even though it’s quite a simple phrase, I wanted the audience and Catherine to sense the terrible events which were about to develop.”

Comment: The candidate pinpoints exactly where and how she used her voice. She also gives an insight into what she wanted to achieve. She makes a reference to her chosen style and how this influenced her decision to use her voice. Extremely effective use of key words.

Developing detail in your Devised Evaluation

You're likely to get better marks for your Devised Evaluation if you provide lots of written detail referencing your strategies, development of work, intentions, SCH [SCH: An acronym for 'Social, cultural and historical' ] and an evaluation of what you achieved.

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