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A Level Drama: Creating Your Original Drama and Your Working Notebook

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Resources to use to help prepare students for creating their original piece of drama and creating their Working notebook for AQA's A Level Drama, Component Two: Creating Original Drama

This photocopiable book has been created around AQA’s A Level, Component 2: Creating Original Drama.

The book provides a complete set of resources to use with your students when they are creating their own drama and working towards writing their Working notebook.

The wealth of sheets can be used to help students start to plan their ideas both for their devised piece and for compiling their Working notebook.
The sheets will help them record and analyse how they manipulate their chosen stimulus into their own devised piece, using their own styles, conventions and the conventions of their chosen practitioner.
The booklet is split into the following sections:

a. an introduction to the assessment of this module.
This chapter contains resources which outline how this module will be assessed and starts to prepare them for the notion of creating a Working notebook. It contains useful sheets to use with your groups such as rehearsal log sheets and shows them, from their very first workshop, what they will need to record and evaluate as they work to create their devised drama.

b. Working on the initial stimuli
This section contains resources you could use when exploring your initial subject matter that will form the basis of their drama. It contains sheets for them to log their own initial reactions to the stimuli and the sheets will show them how to explore some of the main ideas, themes, messages, characters, styles and conventions. It will encourage them to consider the rationale for their starting points and how to write about this in their Working notebook.

c Approaching the devised piece from a design role
If you have students who are opting for a design role (costume, lighting, set or sound) the student sheets in this section will be invaluable. They will help them to analyse and evaluate their creative choices in relation to their own ideas and the methods of their chosen practitioner.

d. Approaching the devised piece from a performance/directorial role
This section will be used by those students who have opted to take a performance or directorial role in the devised piece. It contains resources to help students analyse aspects such as their desired acting style with a detailed focus upon both naturalistic and stylised styles, sheets that will assist them when creating or evaluating their vocal decisions and choices, sheets to analyse how they can depict characterisation through facial expressions, and sheets that will help them to analyse and evaluate the use of spatial positioning with their performance. The sheets could be used throughout their rehearsals to generate ideas for their devised piece, or they could be used when the students are ready to start writing their Working notebook. If used during the rehearsal stage, the sheets will ensure that students evaluate and analyse their performance decisions throughout their working processes, charting the way they developed and refined their work..

e. Context and the chosen practitioner
This section contains sheets that will help students to analyse how social, historical and cultural contexts have impacted on both their own performance ideas and the ideas of their chosen practitioner. This section also contains sheets that students can use to help analyse how their ideas have been influenced by their selected practitioner and the impact that live theatre might have had on their ideas. They can then use these ideas within their Notebooks and start to consider how stylistic and contextual factors may have influenced their decisions.