Exploration of dramatic performance – Rhinegold Publishing

Exploration of dramatic performance


This scheme of work is designed to help you approach the new unit 3 part of the Edexcel A level drama and theatre studies course. The unit is worth 40% of the A2 marks and, as with unit 1, is coursework, which is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated. Essentially the unit requires students to create an original piece of theatre. For those of you familiar with the legacy specification (curriculum 2000) this new unit combines elements of the old units 4 and 5. Students may use a variety of starting points: stimulus material, themes, issues, and/or a professional, published text by a known writer.

One thing to note is that any texts used in either unit 1, 2 or 4 cannot be used in this unit. As a centre you will have until May in the year of examination to complete the unit and submit to the moderator. Students are assessed as individuals through the process supported by teacher profiles, written evidence in the form of a SWED (supporting written evidence document) and the performance itself. Below are a series of sessions designed as a way in to devising, which is an appropriate way to attack this unit and can lead to some excellent student work. The key is to structure the early sessions and support the development of ideas in the initial stages.

Learning objectives

  • To understand how characters can be developed
  • To experiment with stereotypical characters as a way into a physical exploration of character construction
  • To introduce a new theatrical practitioner
  • To experiment with Grotowski’s Wave in rehearsal
  • To further experiment with Grotowski’s Wave in rehearsal
  • To understand how we use personal props in a direct and indirect way
  • To practice techniques from Stanislavski in creating three dimensional characters
  • To further develop character through forum theatre, considering sub-text and intention
  • Carry out a detailed hot-seating exercise by way of deepening the character being explored.
  • To experiment with musical environments to help stimulate dramatic ideas
  • To understand that drama can be created through a variety of means
  • To experiment with Stanislavski’s idea of ‘given circumstances’
  • To understand that drama can be created through a variety of means

Number of lessons: 7

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