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Annotating a script


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In Unit 1 or Unit 2, you may submit an extract of script in your Documentary Response but, as staying within the word count is important, you should take care to pick one that can usefully show your understanding of interpreting a script for performance.

The script will need to be well annotated with relevant notes to gain good marks.

Also, in your drama performance work (Unit 3), any annotations in your script will help you to remember what decisions have been made in previous rehearsals.

What is annotation?

To annotate means to add explanation and notes. You can annotate lots of things - a book, an image, an artefact - but annotation is used most often on scripts.

Annotations tell you:

  • what the set in the drama should look like
  • positions of the characters
  • what props are needed in a scene, and how they'll be used
  • how the actors should move and speak
  • something about characterisation [characterisation: To portray a role using voice and physical skills ]
  • what's needed for music and/or lighting

Annotations help actors perform your scene exactly how you intended it. Your annotations may start as simple one word notes, but after several rehearsals, you may need to write more detail.


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