(Original post by rachbeanz)
Sorry I forgot to post so here goes.
First have a read of examiner reports on the exam on the Edexcel website.
Section A first question - 4 marker
this is about using appropriate rehearsal techniques and applying them to the scene. Normally use two, say why they would be effective and give an example where they could also be used in the scene
How ideas are researched/developed before staging the scene.
Changes in pace/quality of movement
Tone of voice (not for stage directions)
Physical representation/experience (holding back, pulling, pushing).
Improvisation or role play (off text)
So look up some good games. Remeber don't spend too long on this question its only 4 marks
Question two - 6 marker
example question- Consider three appropriate rehearsal techniques you might use to explore the exchange between The Doctor and Woyzeck in this extract
This asks the candidate to consider the personalities of these two characters presented in the scene and to indicate ways of defining individuals through rehearsal in order to allow the individual personalities to emerge and eventually be communicated to the audience.
It is a relationship question and is about rehearsal techniques that may be used specifically in this extract. The key word is appropriate and the question is looking for a sense of understanding not just of rehearsal techniques but their purpose in relation to the question and the extract.
Candidates should offer support with specific examples from within this extract and ideas for three rehearsal techniques should be both practical and appropriate. There must be a balance in the response to be able to earn the higher level marks.
Question 3 - 10 marker
example question Explain to your performers how you intend to work on exploring the relationship between Woyzeck and The Doctor in this extract, giving reasons for your approach, supported by clear examples.
This asks the candidate to consider:
The relationship established and how this might be achieved by working through the rehearsal process.
Ways of exploring this relationship during the rehearsal to help the actors to understand it fully.
Justifying the ways of working in relation to the extract and key moments from it.
the staging of the extract (possibly) and how this will assist in exploring the relationship between audience and actor.
The question asks that the candidate is working with the actors in rehearsal and the response should reflect that.
It is about the candidate exploring the way the actors are able to impact upon audience through their characters, it is not a character study. It specifies the relationship between Woyzeck and The Doctor at the centre of the question.
Section B Essay Plan:
1. Director’s Intention, justified and relevant to a 21st Century audience.
2. Where you are staging the production and who you intended audience is. Justify.
3. Refer back to the opening statement/question in order to set out your answer.
In no particular order:
4. Interpretation of key characters
All of the above backed up with detailed, specific examples from Key scenes. Say how your ideas meet your intention and why it is relevant for your audience.
All the way through you need to refer to historical context/original performance conditions and theatre company/practitioner.
Section C - Shakespeare comparison
The most important thing about this section is having good strong links, comparing how things 'would have been done' when orignally performed (OPC: original performance conditions) and analyzing the effect this would have had on the audience. Often drawing diagrams helps to show the examiner what the play was like that you went to see. Research a lot about how plays were performed in shakesperian times, stuff like they had live musicians NOT ORCHESTRAS but just people playing live, the trapdoors in the stage, where ghosts could come up from below - hell, the less scenery: so the audience had to actively get involved more, the plays relied on 'suspension of disbelief' the actors did not often rehearse much just blocked out the plays, therefore characterization was down to actor choice, creating spontenaity (sp? haha) plays were written to be heard more than seen, it was about the craft of the language. ect, ect. and just compare to modern day and what similarities and differences they are, constantly referring to the effect on the audience and how they would have/ how they/you reacted at your production.