SUPPORTING NOTES FOR PRACTICAL UNIT “In addition to presenting the extract (s) from their selected play, the students will need to provide supporting notes which will demonstrate their understanding and application of the ideas of their chosen practitioner” Brief overview The supporting notes should be divided into three separate sections Each section should be between 500 and 700 words in length (excluding bibliography) The document in total should be approx. 1500-200 words! It must show clearly your link to your chosen genre, director or theatre company Avoid talking too much about stuff you’re not doing Don’t just download information – make it your own! Make sure you mention your own work (their contribution, their role in the piece and who they’ve played) How you have worked on your role and rehearsed the piece as a whole. You must have a word count! The notes should be written in full sentences, using specialist terminology your chosen genre/practitioner you need to be aware of (and research) the following aspects (as appropriate): Theatrical/historical context Developing theatrical purpose Innovative nature of approach Theory and practice Working methods Theatrical styles Intentions for the audience Attitudes towards the role of director Attitudes towards the role of the performer Attitudes towards the significance of design elements Ideas about actor training Ideas about actor/audience relationship Ideas about theatre form/configuration Collaboration with others Artistic ideals Target audience Political aims Productions/projects Influence upon other practitioners THE THREE SECTIONS Section 1: Evidence of exploration of the work of the chosen practitioner; identifying the key features of that work and justification of the choice of extract in the light of that exploration. To be supported by a bibliography/webliography/performance history/list of source and resources (as appropriate) Evidence that you have explored and understood the work of that practitioner THE THREE SECTIONS Section 2: Outline of dramatic intentions for the audience, in relation to the group’s interpretation of the chosen extract and the influence of the chosen practitioner How you’ve used the ideas of that practitioner/company yourselves THE THREE SECTIONS Section 3: Assessment of the rehearsal process and of the potential effectiveness of the piece for an audience. Evaluation of the development of the nominated skill in relation to both the chosen text and to the influential practitioner's ideas; awareness of health and safety factors. Assessment account of the rehearsal process with analysis of the impact. The health and safety must relate to your piece specifically rather than a general account of health and safety in the theatre! Hints and tips Do….. Keep showing your teachers drafts of your notes as you go along – don’t wait until the final deadline! Look at chapters 21-28 in your AQA books which will help you get your head around this practical unit and what you need to think about and write in your supporting notes Read through the examples Miss Vice has given you Make sure you continue to have your discussions at the end of each practical session to make sure you are all 100% clear in your intentions, focus and aims Start your supporting notes NOW!