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Option A

Option A: Practical performance in a scene from a published play

  • Working in a group of between two to five people, you will perform an extract from a published play 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 ].
  • The performance should last approximately five to 25 minutes, depending on the size of your group. (Approximately five minutes for each group member eg two people = 10 minutes).
  • You can amend or edit the original script, but essentially you will be using the original material.
  • Your performance will be assessed on the following areas:
  1. Your understanding of the character you are performing.
  2. How you use your voice as your chosen character.
  3. How you move as your chosen character.
  4. How you listen and respond with other members of your group during the performance.
  5. How you engage the audience.

Performance check-list

Before you get stuck into your drama performance, read through the Revision Bite check-list to make sure you know what's important in this part of your course. Also look at the Revision Bite calendar of goals, which will keep you focused in the countdown to the exam.



  • The performance exam will usually take place in April or May.
  • This gives you around 11 weeks to develop and rehearse your exam piece.


  • You will be given a script. Your teacher may give you this around Christmas time of Year 11 or in January.
  • Aim to learn your script or develop your drama as completely as possible with around two weeks to spare.


  • Your teacher will probably help in choosing your group, and may make suggestions about casting.
  • On the other hand, you and your group may make all the decisions.

Technical Design students

  • You will need to work with your chosen group from the start of the work.
  • You should try to give your ideas as you go along, during the development and rehearsal process.

Costume, set and props

  • These things need to be found quickly, so they can be used during rehearsals, if possible. Charity shops are good sources of costume items. Sometimes Art and CDT departments will help you to make props - if you ask nicely! (Letters of appreciation always go down well afterwards, too.)
  • Why not have props in a named box for each student, so that everyone's responsible for their own things?
  • Placement of props off-stage before the performance should also be each student's responsibility - and same goes for collection afterwards.
  • A list in (or on) the box would help you check everything's there.

Lighting and sound

  • Lights and sound should be prepared during the development period.
  • Lighting/sound plans will need to be made, and put onto cue sheets.
  • Tapes, CDs or other recordings will be needed for music or sound effects, unless you're working with live music and sound.
  • Agree who's responsible for the cue sheets. lighting, sound or CDs etc., if you don't have a performance support student.
  • Make sure that everything is kept secure.

Special FX (Special effects)

  • Think about using any back-projection of images - or maybe video?
  • If you're using them, have them ready around half-way through the process, so that they can be fitted into the rehearsals. This gives time to make alterations.

Development and rehearsal

  • You may just use your normal drama lessons for rehearsals.
  • If you're keen to do well, perhaps ask your teacher for extra sessions as the exam approaches - perhaps at lunchtimes or after school
  • Consider working at the houses of members of the group, perhaps at weekends.

Technical and dress rehearsals

  • This is an important part of the process. Aim to have everything in place for this.
  • Consider inviting another class to watch, perhaps a group from KS3 who are considering Drama as an option.
  • Make a check-list of things that need fixing before the exam performance.

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