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I'm going to fail my drama GCSE!

We are currently on out component 1 devised piece. I have been put in such a useless group, they get distracted so easily, don't focus and just mess about. They don't understand the seriousness of this. We started to get put into groups at the beginning of July and we have to do our exam in October, it is currently September and we have only done ONE SCENE. Our deadline for the FULL script is next week. I have no idea what to do. My group seems to always look at me for ideas and just have no clue what they are doing. I have a huge weight on my shoulders and I can't stop panicking. On top of that some members don't even come to our after school rehearsals and I just don't know what to do. Maybe I should just accept that I'm going to fail. I need advice.
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Original post by student010r
We are currently on out component 1 devised piece. I have been put in such a useless group, they get distracted so easily, don't focus and just mess about. They don't understand the seriousness of this. We started to get put into groups at the beginning of July and we have to do our exam in October, it is currently September and we have only done ONE SCENE. Our deadline for the FULL script is next week. I have no idea what to do. My group seems to always look at me for ideas and just have no clue what they are doing. I have a huge weight on my shoulders and I can't stop panicking. On top of that some members don't even come to our after school rehearsals and I just don't know what to do. Maybe I should just accept that I'm going to fail. I need advice.

This happened to me in our mocks, and to be honest, just do the best you can, because at the end of the day it is your GCSE. I think you should either tell your teacher and see if she/he can do anything about the groups, or just stay in your group and work the hardest. Write the script and act it on the day to the best of your ability. Hopefully, the examiner will be able to see that you can act and give you a grade that you deserve. Goodluck xox
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Update: we have to do a thing called show backs every week where we show the teacher a small part of our performance. I worked so hard on it and the teachers feedback was that is was boring and not interesting, she really came after our group with criticism. It really deflated me and made me lose motivation rather than encourage me. I don’t enjoy our piece anymore but we can’t change it now as we are too far in. I’m just scared for the embarrassment when we have to show our parents and for the actual exam. This is going horrible and it’s the one subject I really wanted to do well on.
You are not alone in thinking that your special night will turn out to be an extraordinary fright: Bizet was adamant that Carmen - one of the greatest operas ever written - was, in fact, a gargantuan flop. I'd rather be waterboarded than have to endure drama myself after the car crash that was Year 9, but if you just read over your script, read over it again, imagine you're there, thrust as much Passion and Commitment as you possibly can, take the initiative & push your teammates to do the same and (perhaps more importantly in the here and now) ask your teachers why they absolutely detest your play & how it could be improved by tinkering about a bit... then in the end, your desires might just pay off.

Matthew 6:27
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Update 2: We have 2 weeks until we are showing our parents, we have barely anything done. My group has basically lost motivation and giving up and I am slowly as well. I know I sound like I’m being dramatic, but I absolutely petrified, I haven’t slept properly for the last couple of days because I can’t stop thinking about the exam day and when we have to show our parents. My mental state is spiralling and I just feel so much dread. I genuinely have no idea what to do. Our style is physical theatre and we just can’t think of the movements for it, it’s so frustrating! I can’t wait until this is all over, after this I’ll be able to relax until November mocks lol
which exam board are you on? i did edexcel and the actual performance isn’t worth that many marks, the majority is for a portfolio so it’s not worth getting super worried about. i understand how frustrating it can be to be in that kind of group though. do you have a specific stimulus that your performance has to be as my group also used lots of physical theatre so i might have some ideas you could use?
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Original post by amelieew28
which exam board are you on? i did edexcel and the actual performance isn’t worth that many marks, the majority is for a portfolio so it’s not worth getting super worried about. i understand how frustrating it can be to be in that kind of group though. do you have a specific stimulus that your performance has to be as my group also used lots of physical theatre so i might have some ideas you could use?


Original post by student010r
Update 2: We have 2 weeks until we are showing our parents, we have barely anything done. My group has basically lost motivation and giving up and I am slowly as well. I know I sound like I’m being dramatic, but I absolutely petrified, I haven’t slept properly for the last couple of days because I can’t stop thinking about the exam day and when we have to show our parents. My mental state is spiralling and I just feel so much dread. I genuinely have no idea what to do. Our style is physical theatre and we just can’t think of the movements for it, it’s so frustrating! I can’t wait until this is all over, after this I’ll be able to relax until November mocks lol

We are doing a piece on a girl getting exposed by her peers for sending nudes and gets bullied for it. It shows how quickly things can travel on the internet and to always be careful. But it’s incredibly hard for the physical theatre element. We showed our teacher and she said it was too naturalistic, boring and awkward. That caused our whole group to lose motivation and it didn’t really encourage us. So that’s a problem too
Original post by student010r
We are doing a piece on a girl getting exposed by her peers for sending nudes and gets bullied for it. It shows how quickly things can travel on the internet and to always be careful. But it’s incredibly hard for the physical theatre element. We showed our teacher and she said it was too naturalistic, boring and awkward. That caused our whole group to lose motivation and it didn’t really encourage us. So that’s a problem too


yeah i agree, the teacher shouldn’t be making students loose motivation like that. we did a lot of physical theatre to represent mental health and anxiety and sort of attacked the person in a stylistic way if you know what i mean? and we did a lot of choral speaking and movement to try and create a sense of being overwhelmed? idk if this helps but this is how my group tried to get our performance a bit more abstract; we like stuffed it full of explorative strategies. again like i said though, a lot of the exam is your portfolio and the written exam and the other scripted performance so if this little part doesn’t go well, it absolutely doesn’t mean you’re going to fail. hope this helped a bit, good luck! :smile:
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Original post by amelieew28
yeah i agree, the teacher shouldn’t be making students loose motivation like that. we did a lot of physical theatre to represent mental health and anxiety and sort of attacked the person in a stylistic way if you know what i mean? and we did a lot of choral speaking and movement to try and create a sense of being overwhelmed? idk if this helps but this is how my group tried to get our performance a bit more abstract; we like stuffed it full of explorative strategies. again like i said though, a lot of the exam is your portfolio and the written exam and the other scripted performance so if this little part doesn’t go well, it absolutely doesn’t mean you’re going to fail. hope this helped a bit, good luck! :smile:

Thank you! This helped a lot. I know I’m probably being over dramatic, it’s just I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of my parents and the examiner
Original post by student010r
Thank you! This helped a lot. I know I’m probably being over dramatic, it’s just I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of my parents and the examiner


no don’t worry i felt the exact same way, i was an absolute wreck in the weeks before my exam. just try not to panic too much right beforehand and everything should be fine :smile:
Last Update: I had done my performance 2 weeks ago, we stayed behind 4 hour after school and everyone got serious about it. We all managed to finish our piece with our teacher giving us constructive criticism. One the parents night we did the best we have ever done and we were so proud of ourselves. On the exam day during our performance one of our props fell out of our bag which was not supposed to happen, but we played it off really well. Overall the exam went good, our piece wasn’t amazing but it should be good enough to get a pass. I was so nervous for performing but everything just went by so quick. It’s quite strange to be honest as the year 10s we’re watching our exam and I remember a year ago I was watching the previous year 11s do their performance. That year went by so quick and now I’m about to do my gcses.
Original post by student010r
Last Update: I had done my performance 2 weeks ago, we stayed behind 4 hour after school and everyone got serious about it. We all managed to finish our piece with our teacher giving us constructive criticism. One the parents night we did the best we have ever done and we were so proud of ourselves. On the exam day during our performance one of our props fell out of our bag which was not supposed to happen, but we played it off really well. Overall the exam went good, our piece wasn’t amazing but it should be good enough to get a pass. I was so nervous for performing but everything just went by so quick. It’s quite strange to be honest as the year 10s we’re watching our exam and I remember a year ago I was watching the previous year 11s do their performance. That year went by so quick and now I’m about to do my gcses.


well done! really happy that it went okay! also don’t worry about the props thing, i tripped over a jumper someone left of the floor 😂 good luck with the rest of your gcses!!
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Original post by amelieew28
well done! really happy that it went okay! also don’t worry about the props thing, i tripped over a jumper someone left of the floor 😂 good luck with the rest of your gcses!!

guys my performance is in an hour and we don't know what plotline we should do. Is it over?

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