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Option A

Tips for performing and group work

Performing (acting) is only a very small part of Unit 2 - before you actually get to perform your play in front of the examiner, you have to work in your group to rehearse your performance.

This Revision Bite will help you to get your best out of your rehearsals and performing work.


Sometimes we don't feel energised at the start of a lesson and it shows!

  • How long do you sit and discuss ideas with your group?
  • Do you spend more time discussing ideas than on your feet and working?


Discussion with a group is often more productive when you're already on your feet. It means you can try out an idea easily and quickly.

Have you ever:

  • Sat down too long within a scene?
  • Been half-hearted in your gestures, your use of voice or your movements?
  • Lost concentration in a scene?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions - your drama work could be suffering from lack of energy.

Why is energy so important for drama work?

  • Without energy, our drama work communicates sloppiness or half-heartedness to our audience.
  • Your lack of energy might have a knock-on effect in your group. If you don't show enthusiasm, others often lose energy too.
  • Energy can add excitement to a drama - but a lacklustre character will take excitement away.
  • Your drama will be watched by an examiner - they'll be hoping for a good, energetic performance!

How can I gain energy?

  • Do some energy-raising exercises at the start of the session, ask your teacher to teach you some of these.
  • Stay on your feet as long as possible when discussing, devising and developing the work.
  • Remember - most actors are seated for less than 10 per cent of the time they're on stage!

Selfish driver or Sleepy passenger?

  • Is there someone in the group who is full of ideas for the drama work, but so eager to be heard that s/he blocks out other people's suggestions?
  • Do they listen to other people's ideas, but then find a way to make sure that the group only uses theirs?

The selfish driver

The Selfish Driver doesn't see or hear anyone else on the road, and takes more than their share of the space. This sort of behaviour stops others from feeling involved. The others realise their ideas willnot be noticed or used and they stop bothering to think. In this way the group is weakened.

The sleepy passenger

  • Is there someone in the group who doesn't suggest ideas?
  • Do they spend the time not really listening?
  • Do they prefer to be told what to do?
  • The Sleepy Passenger is a different kind of drain. They don't contribute much to the drama process and they have to be toldwhat to do.

What can you do with these types in the group?

  • Encourage the Selfish Drivers to listen to the suggestions of others. Get them to ask each person in the group for their ideas or comments, and as a group make sure those ideas are discussed. Sometimes great ideas come from people who haven't been given the chance to voice them in the past.
  • Be supportive and interested yin the ideas of everyone in the group - this should control the Selfish Driver, and encourage the Sleepy Passenger.
  • Try always to give further suggestions to develop everyone's ideas.
  • Keep the Sleepy Passenger focused by asking one or two members to say why they like certain ideas. Include him or her in this, but don't single them out, as this could send them back into their shell!

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