Help!! Drama is a NIGHTMARE!Watch
Now, I act as best as I can, which is fine; but the problem is that my teachers only ever focus on the acting. And that's great, but I want to know how to WRITE the essays. I believe I'm on AQA, and I have one written exam at the end of next year. I have three questions: One on a live theatre evaluation, one on "page to stage" in which I have to write about the play Equus, and one where I have to write about-- well, I don't even know WHAT I have to write about, but the play that we're studying is Lysistrata. (Which I hate, but only because of how childish it seems, and how everyone else ((there's five of us)) finds it to be hilarious.)
My problem here is that I am not very confident when it comes to acting, I took Drama because it was the only other subject I could take that wasn't Literature (yuck) that involved me having some form of creativity, and so I focus more on the writing side. But my teachers don't teach me how to write the essays!!
So I suppose what I'm asking here, is how the heck do I write the essays for this subject? How can I get an A? Hell, even a B! Can someone give me some advice, because I'm not brave enough to ask my teachers.
Obviously exactly how you structure an essay and what you choose to focus on will vary with the question, and it's down to you to think about what themes and elements are most relevant and important to discuss, but generally I would always say to just go in with the constant expectation that any creative choice - any decision made to include or instruct something, especially repeatedly - was made for a reason, and whether the one you suggest was the real, conscious intention of the playwright or not, if you can explore the impact it has on the experience of watching the play performed, link it to some contemporary context and the key messages of the play and back it up enough, you're onto something.