A-Level (AS & A2)
Grade 5 English Language
Practitioners in Practice (40%)
Exploring Texts for Live Performance (20%)
Analysing Performance (20%)
Deconstructing Texts for Performance (20%)
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Can offer either a Monologue or Duologue
can offer one of the following:
1: Devising (Coursework)
In this part of the course you will work either as a performer or a designer
Devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
There is a choice of text and practitioner and performances are internally assessed and externally moderated.
Assessment overview: There are two parts to the assessment:
A portfolio (60 marks) which can written (2500–3000 words) or recorded (12–14 minutes) or can be a combination of both
The devised performance/design realisation (20 marks)
2: Exploring Texts for Performance (Live Performance)
Students study one whole play and perform an extract for a visiting examiner
This is a group performance (3-8 performers) or design realisation (one from each area per group) from a key extract of a play of the school’s choice.
This component is externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Group performance/design realisation: worth 60 marks.
3: Analysing Performance (Written examination)
Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
Practical study of two complete performance texts (Chosen by the school from 3 given sections) – focusing on how this can be realised for performance
Section A: (20 marks)
You answer two questions from the perspective of a performer and a designer based on the text you have studied demonstrating how you intend to realise the extract in performance.
Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation
You answer one question relating to a live theatre performance you have seen.
4: Deconstructing Texts for performance (Written examination)
A practical exploration of a script (we are using Sweeney Todd) considering how to develop and direct a performance for an audience.
A question based upon an extract from the text studied from a director’s point of view.
An extended response question on the set text.