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Drama

Option A

Tips for performing and group work

Rehearsals

You will have been given quite a long period of time to prepare for your practical performance from a text so it's important that you use the rehearsals wisely. (could we highlight and explain this?)

Remember:

The examiner is looking for a polished piece of theatre with strong characterisation [characterisation: To portray a role using voice and physical skills ] and this will take time and effort to prepare.

Just as a computer programme has a 'default' state, eg a certain font or setting, some groups never really explore the possibilities for developing their work. They just use the first idea, and keep coming back to it. Some group members always use the same type of gestures, or play the same sort of role time after time. This can be boring!

Getting to know your character!

The main emphasis of the performance is showing an understanding of your character. It’s not just about learning lines (although this is obviously important!) but about presenting a believable character on stage.

Tips for rehearsals

  1. Read the whole play from which your scene is taken. Sounds boring! But remember - characters change and develop and you will find out lots of important information which will really help your understanding.
  2. Develop some improvisations based around your characters eg what will your character be doing in 10 years time? Improvise a scene from when they were younger. Develop an improvisation based around a key moment in the play.
  3. Create a life history for your character using information from the play.

What about me?

Technical candidates often feel left out while their group is rehearsing but you are just as important in that final performance.

  • Work closely with your group in getting to know the play and characters.
  • Even if you don't like performing, take part in some of the improvisations just to get a feel of the play.
  • Watch the actors perform. As an audience you are in an invaluable position to give them feedback.
  • Don't be afraid to give technical ideas that you think are going to improve the final performance.

Remember:

It's a team effort.

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