GCSE Drama Notes and Example Answers

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Styles of Drama
Naturalistic: The performance is as close to real life as possible.
Nonnaturalistic: The performance is more theatrical and tells the story using a variety of
techniques such as flashbacks direct address to the audience multiple roleplay.
Physical Theatre: This means the performance is literally more physical. To tell the story the
performers focus on their bodies. E.g. Mask work, creating a forest using the bodies of the
performers, Mime...
Theatre in Education (TIE): A play that is created to teach a particular lesson. Often toured
round schools and to young people. Often followed by a workshop or discussion about the
Genres of Drama
Comedy: The story shown is funny and ends happily. There are many types of comedy.
Slapstick: Physical comedy that centres around accidents, mock fights and humiliation
Tragedy: The story shown is sad and usually involves the death or downfall of its main
Gritty Realism: About reality, usually working class, poor people.
Historical Drama: Set in a particular historical period
Docudrama: Looking like a documentary with reconstructions (like `Crimewatch')
Soap: Follows the format of television soap long interrelated storylines prologue at the
beginning follows the fortunes of the characters that live/work in a particular place.
Getting the Message Across
Target Audience: The sort of people the play is aimed at
Message: What the play intends the audience to have learned or to think about.
Themes: The general ideas that the play looks at. Ways of Telling the story
Episodic: A play is episodic when it shows particular events (episodes) that happen in the
course of a long period of time, not necessarily in the order that they happen. E.g. Blood
Brothers shows the key events that happen to a pair of twins from the moment they are born
to the moment they die
Linear Narrative: A play has a linear narrative when the story is told in the order that events
happen. Each scene normally links from the last one and the story is over a relatively short
period of time.
Framing Device: A scene that goes at the beginning and end to help the audience get into the
theme of the play.
Holding Scene: a scene that literally holds the rest of the play together. It is the most
important scene in the play without which the rest would not make sense.
Flashback/ forward: The scene shows an event that happens earlier in the story or later in
the story.
Split Scene: Two connected scenes going on at the same time. Uses a freezing devise to shift
the focus of attention between them. Can be useful to show two points of view about the
same event in the story.

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Narration: Telling the story directly to the audience either from within a character (narration
from within) or in the role of a narrator.
Monologue: A character has a fairly long speech that gives the audience a lot more
information about him/herself or the story. A monologue can give information that you
wouldn't necessarily expect a person to say out loud.
Chorus: A character or characters that talk about events that have happened and usually say
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· Empathy: Being able to get inside the character to think and feel as they do.
· 7 Levels of Tension (Catatonic Cool Economic Alert Suspense Passionate Tragic): Each
character will have a usual level of tension but will also get more tense and more relaxed
depending on what happens to him/her.
· Laban Efforts (Pushing Punching Flicking Dabbing Wringing Gliding Floating
Slashing)Each character will have a basic effort that describes the character but will also use
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Drama AQA Exam Paper
Section A
Describe what the piece was about state the style, period and genre of the piece, the
performance space and any technical or design elements used and your target audience.
You should state whether your contribution was as actor, designer or technician.…read more

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For the performance, I developed a rude mean attitude which was needed for the bully and it made
the audience believe that I was not a student who achieved good grades in class but a student who
talks back at the teacher and doesn't bring books to class.
Explain what improvements you made to the piece during the rehearsals and your reasons
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Section C
Daisy Pulls it Off ­ Trixie
Voice: Effective, energetic
Consistency of the character ­ we believed her character because of her energy
Performance energised
Focused, e.g. leaning over, looking at the audience
Unspoken responses, e.g. biting her lips ­ worried/anxious, jumping up and down ­ excited,
eyes widened
Analyse why you considered this performance so effective.…read more



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