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Stepping up to GCSE Drama Book 1: Stages and Spaces

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Brand new. Part of our new Stepping Up To GCSE range aimed at Year 10 students as they embark on their GCSE Drama courses. Suitable for all specifications. CLICK HERE to download FREE sample pages from this new product.

Created for all GCSE Drama specifications, students must learn about theatre in terms of staging and the implications that staging has upon a piece of drama. This photocopiable teaching and resource pack will allow you to cover all of the theory needed to ensure students understand a variety of stage spaces.

By following the teaching ideas in this booklet, and using the accompanying handouts, your students will be taught the full variety of stage spaces such as: proscenium arch theatres, apron/thrust stages, raked staged, theatre positioning and terminology, traverse theatres, theatre in the round and promenade theatre. Students will learn about the different stage spaces, how they are constructed and how they impact the actor/audience relationship.

All GCSE specifications require students to use subject terminology in order to achieve the highest marks. The book repeatedly outlines key terminology that GCSE students should know by the end of their studies. By the end of the booklet students will have covered all of the following terms such as:•fourth wall
•wings, •fly tower, flies or fly loft, •back drop, •cyclorama, •flats, raked stage, terms associated with stage positioning: UPSTAGE RIGHT, DOWNSTAGE LEFT etc, •tiered seating, •apron/thrust, •groundlings, •blocking, •subtext, •proximity, •neutral position, •site-specific theatre, •sightlines

It is a versatile book that you could dip in and out, or follow sequentially. It would be a valuable resource to have for if your students have to write a live theatre evaluation. At other points, this booklet can be used alongside a set text or piece of drama that you are studying/devising from the perspective of director, actor or designer. Or, it would be perfect when setting work for any students who may have to work from home or in the event of lockdowns-the sheets and tasks are designed so students can be work independently through them. There are opportunities to revise and consolidate students' understanding of the theory with exam-style test sheets (mark schemes also provided), mind mapping activities and many examples of student evaluations of live theatre so that students can see the theory and terminology being used within written work.

An A4, full colour, spiral bound, fully photocopiable resource pack.

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