In the Group Performance each student collaborates with the group in devising a piece of original theatre, based on a theme, concept, issue, idea or image taken from the Group Performance list. The Group Performance list is available from the Board of Studies web site.
Before you start your Group Performance you should check the guidelines so that you follow them carefully. These can be found on the Board of Studies web site in Support Documents, Marking Guidelines.
Board of Studies information about the group performance to check includes:
If you are in any doubt about the Board of Studies guidelines contact the Board for confirmation on (02) 9367 8111.
Work on the group project can start from the beginning of Term 2. The Group Performance will take the majority of class time from this point on.
Groups can be formed in a variety of ways. Some common ways are:
You are going to be working with the people in your group very closely until your Group Performance examination at the end of Term 3. So you have to plan how you are going to work together and what you expect from each other.
Many people use a contract which they work out together; talking about how they all keep in touch, what happens if they are away, how they will share the recording of the process for their logbooks, how they will solve any disagreements.
It is important to sort out these things and to keep working on them because even though you are all marked as individuals, you are involved in a Group Performance so you must work as a team.
Your teacher will give you a list of topics provided by the Board of Studies which you will use as a starting point for developing your Group Performance.
To find a suitable topic each group could start by:
The Group Performance uses a process of playbuilding. Playbuilding involves:
To develop your performance each group should:
Experiment as much as you can, but very soon you must MAKE SOME
When you have been working on ideas and you have developed some parts of your Group Performance you will need to start to refine it so that it becomes a smooth and coherent performance piece.
Remember to record all the steps of development
and your reflections on them in your logbook.
Weeks 1–4 Choosing the topic: Brainstorming, hot seating, preparing character profiles, developing ideas and random scenes. Writing in logbook.
Weeks 5–8 Developing the performance: Focussing on particular topic and developing scenes around that idea. Writing and reflecting in the logbook.
Weeks 9–10 Performance for drama night: A chance for feedback and evaluation. Writing and reflecting in logbook.
Weeks 1–4 Refining the Group Performance
Weeks 5: Drama HSC Practical Examinations.
The logbook is meant to be a record of your involvement in the development of your Group Performance. It should be with you all the time and you should record each day’s work. Remember to:
Have we timed the performance and checked that it is between 8–12 minutes in length?
Do we have a written script to give to anyone doing production?
Have we checked on all production and rehearsed all aspects?
Have we prepared our logbooks?
Have we given our photographs to the teacher for our examination marking sheet?
Have we checked all transitions throughout the performance and checked that they work?
Have we planned for any costume that may be necessary?
Two or three examiners will come to the school and the group performances will be examined first. If there are any Individual Projects (Performance), they will usually be examined after all Group Performances are complete.
The examiners will ask each group to stand in front of them. They will then check each student’s examination numbers and make sure they can identify each person in the group as individuals.
The examiners will ask the group to begin and they will start a stopwatch. If the group goes over time it will be asked to stop. At the end of its performance, the group will have a brief interview with the examiners.