I'm dreading my Drama GCSE HELP!!Watch
I have my drama GCSE on Wednesday (10th May) and I'm honestly dreading it. I know near enough all of my lines, but my group keep changing different parts of my scene and from this I have been learning different lines each week! I'm loosing patients with them all and I don't want to do the drama exam anymore because I lack in confidence and I feel like I'm going to ruin it for everyone!! Any suggestions?
As for actually learning the script, what I'd recommend is reading through the whole thing, not just your own lines. It will take longer, obviously, but you get out of this what you put in. By reading the whole thing you'll make sure you know the order of the scenes, and this will be useful when you're performing.
Once you've got a feel for the flow of the scenes, read through your own scenes out loud. It makes it so much easier to memorise your lines! Make sure you are doing any acting skills (e.g. gestures, movement) that you will be doing in the final piece. Also, I'd recommend reading the other characters' lines that are in any of your scenes. For example if you and another character are having a conversation, read out both parts of the conversation, or ask a friend to do it for you. I find that this is more helpful than it sounds, because it makes you memorise the flow of the script because you know the lines of others in your group.
In the actual performance, you just have to ensure that you stay in character. This is because your mark is determined by your own acting rather than the acting of the whole group. If someone else forgets their line, improvise. Improvise a line that is similar to theirs, something that might jog their memory, and is relevant to the script. I know that it's very pressuring but an awkward silence will get everyone a lower grade.
I hope that this was helpful and wish you luck on your performance
as a group write your whole script, remember your lines and say them louder, remember each other lines.
best of luck on your exam.
If it doesn't work then just focus on you. Don't be afraid to ask your teacher for personal notes on your specific performance and try to infuse meaning in to every movement and line that you have. Don't be afraid to relax a bit either, if you've put in the work you'll get the grade (and red bull works a treat for nerves!)
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