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Year 11. terms one two, and three: During this period you should begin working with short performance pieces that may or may not relate to your individual performance. Ensure that you know as soon as you begin what the I.P project performance demands.

Year 11 term four: Look for scripts that will suit your needs. You may find scripts in complete plays in monologue books or you may wish to develop your own script. If you develop your own script ensure that the script is “a complete theatrical statement”. The exam report from 1999 said:

Individual performances need to be a self-contained piece of theatre. There has been an increase in candidates presenting monologues, audition pieces or work sourced from the Internet. When approaching such material, candidates should keep dramatic context and theatricality in mind. Although there was evidence of outstanding self-devised work, candidates not proficient in dramatic writing tended to lack theatricality in their performances. Candidates who choose to write original pieces should be aware of the need to achieve a high standard of theatricality in their work.

Christmas holidays plus Year 12 term one: Begin performance practice, before an audience, with a short dramatic work. This may be the piece you are presenting for the HSC or something else.

Year 12 term two: decide on your piece and perform it within the set time, remembering you will be stopped if you go overtime.

Year 12 Term 3: Polish your piece and make it performance ready.

Checkpoints:

Tips (10):

A list of pitfalls:

Students fall into these traps:

Generating ideas

Brainstorm

Possible themes, situations, characters, settings, performance styles and other material that interests the student.

Select

Students should select material which interests them and has possibilities.

Research

Collect newspaper and magazine articles, samples of scripts, extracts from plays, poems, monologues, short stories, pictures, song lyrics, letters, scenarios or advertisements.

Trial

Trial some of the material by reading, dramatising and improvising dialogue, movement and theatrical styles. (This could be done with partners).

Shape and analyse your material

Select, write, redraft, adapt and edit while focussing on the idea of a one-person performance. At this point a concept should begin to emerge from the material.

The performance at this stage may be a work in progress which will eventually evolve into a full performance.

Staging the material

Consider the material in terms of a whole integrated theatrical performance. There needs to be a sense of a beginning, middle and end within the performance. It is not simply an audition piece. The following questions need to be considered:

Creating the character

Students should have developed reasonable skills and resources for creating and developing a character in the preliminary course. These skills should be used as the basis for character development. The following strategies will help students create a character;

Adding production elements

Students need to approach this area with caution. An over reliance on production effects can detract from an effective performance. The rule of thumb is that the focus should always remain on the performer and production effects should be minimal and limited to those essential to the work's meaning (Creative Arts KLA Handbook. Page 69).

Production guidelines

Rehearsing the performance

The following steps can be used by students to bring the performance to its final stage:

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