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You want your students to get decent grades for their practical Drama exams???

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by Figmo, May 2, 2013.

  1. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    Yes? Splendid. Then a word of advice. DO NOT include a thousand blackouts/costumechanges/set changes within the piece!!!
    It slows it down! It makes it lose energy!! It inhibits creativity and flow!! It looks unprofessional!!!


    That is all.
  2. It was one of the requirements / requests from the Principal Examiner in her Unit 3 report last year (2012).
    Quote (my italics at the end):
    Blackouts and Black Clothing.
    A New and an Old Concern.

    This year many examiners commented on the increase of centres having
    numerous blackouts in the performances. Some examiners actually counted
    them and reported up to 16 being used in performances of around 20 minutes.
    The concern was that in the vast majority of cases this was felt to disadvantage
    the performance students as they tended to lose focus. Often the timing was
    also far from accurate and either caused the performers to call out for lights or
    be caught unprepared when the lights came up.

    Examiners were also concerned that in some cases the audience behaviour was
    affected and it resulted in inappropriate laughter and calling out comments that
    did not enhance the examination conditions

    It can also be very difficult for examiners to maintain focus being plunged into
    darkness when they do not expect it.
    As Principal Examiner I am requesting that all centres avoid in future series both
    blackouts and black clothing in order to support all students and examiners in
    having successful examination sessions.

  3. Alf58

    Alf58 Established commenter

    Lots of qualified experienced teachers leaving the profession and being replaced by young and cheap non specialists with little idea what they are doing and no support. The threatened changes to the Secondary Curriculum and subsequent reaction from head teachers in terms of drama staffing is also a factor. Consequence: students badly prepared for their examinations.
    Put your hand up if you are surprised.
  4. You mean like this?
  5. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    R4D I kid you not....I watched this in my home town and was one of the volunteers picked out of the audience to participate!! LOL

    The irony was not lost on me hahaha. Oh, and my performance was excellent [​IMG]
  6. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    I think the main issue is the reliance on scripted material. The saaammme oldd scripted material, year in, year out
  7. corblimeyguvnor

    corblimeyguvnor New commenter

    That Stephen Merchant video has almost made me wet myself. I am now playing this to all of my classes from now on. :) Thank you!
  8. You're welcome.
    It's so good I put it on my website some time ago.
    I think the danger might be that some students think it's something to aim for....

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