First year Drama students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull got their first taste of assessment in front of a live audience this week, as they took part in a showcase entitled “Living the Part”.
Year 12 students on the A level Drama & Theatre course performed their first extract for Component 3 of the A Level exam. For this extract, all students were assessed on acting skills and the focus of their work was to explore the challenge of Realism, using strategies to create the illusion of ‘living the part’ on stage.
11 groups of students put together a celebration of the depth and range of scripts that exist in this genre, with scripts ranging from Nineteenth Century classics to Twentieth Century landmark pieces. These scripts tested the students’ abilities to be truthful on stage: to research, observe and make connections with their own experiences. Students researched the contexts of their pieces, ranging from the 1940’s, the Forest of Dean accent, 1960’s Alabama, 1980’s clothing to 1880’s period posture and movement and they were assessed under the AQA criteria, performing their work under professional conditions to family and friends as well as to their assessor. Performances lasted between 10-15 minutes, largely dependent upon the number of students and nature of the piece.
Performances included “Shouting, Stamping and Singing Home” by Lisa Evans, “Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill, “Spring Awakening” by Frank Wedekind, “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, “Blue Remembered Hills” by Dennis Potter, “Death and the Maiden” by Ariel Dorfman, “Hedda Gabler” by Henrick Ibsen, “The Maids” by Jean Genet and “My Mother Said I Never Should” by Charlotte Keatley.
Creative Arts Assistant Curriculum Leader Diane Dodd commented:
“Congratulations to the students on their hard work in this first public assessment of their A level studies. Performing in front of an audience puts more pressure on the students and knowing that they are being assessed increases that still further, but they rose to the challenge. They need to build on this good start, because there will be more public assessments to come.”
The next Drama Showcase takes place on Tuesday 20 March (7.00pm). Tickets will be available at the end of February by contacting the College’s Central Admin Office on 0121 704 2581 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be fundraising for the Drama department and asking for donations of £4 for adults and £2 for concessions for those wishing to attend.
19 January 2018