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WJEC GCSE Drama Unit 1 Devised Practical Performance

Author(s): Garry Nicholas

awarding body: WJEC

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-908682-19-2

subject: Drama

Pages: 118 pages




"We loved the book.  We loved the information about the practitioners which helped us embed the learning in the sense of what they could show in their own performances.  It was so student friendly and the students could relate it to their learning."Head of Drama, Middlesex

Endorsed by WJEC this new textbook offers a unique suite of ideas, activities and sources of information to help deliver DR1 Devised Practical Performance.
Offering course content in just the right detail it is an invaluable support for all your students.

Covers essential DR1 advice, knowledge and skills in a clear, colourful and highly accessible way

Makes explicit connections between what students learn and how they can apply this to their own practical performances

A 'Toolkit' approach provides skills and background on three different Practitioners and three different Genres

Plenty of advice and tips help students incorporate understanding of Practitioners and Genres in their work

Active ideas for tasks, exercises and games throughout will really encourage your students to think and perform




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Key features include:

What will I learn?  Tells students exactly what they need to know in each topic in an accessible and readable style

Key terms are clearly highlighted and defined on each spread

Real-world drama examples throughout help students appreciate current practitioners and genres

Top Drama Tips provide instant ideas and ways to improve your drama knowledge

Activity feature provides regular opportunities for students to recall knowledge, test understanding and apply to their own performances

Ideas for solo, small group and whole class exercises link to sub-topics and specific skills

Different types of source stimulus within each activity give students a range of types of drama stimulus to work from

Activities link back to previous sections allowing students to build and reinforce skills and knowledge








Key things students need to success in devising their performance

DR1 The Devised Practical Performance

Section 1: How do I devise?

Section 2: How do I incorporate the influences of a practitioner into my work?
3 Practitioners: Brecht, Stanislavsky, Boal

Section 3: How do I incorporate the influences of a style/genre into my work?
3 Genres: TIE, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre

Section 4: How do I perform my devised work?

Section 5: How do I reflect on my work?







About the author:

Garry Nicholas is a former Deputy Headteacher and Head of Drama at Ysgol y Strade, Llanelli, South Wales.  He has taught GCSE and A Level Drama extensively over the years, and many of his former pupils have gone on to act on stage and screen.  He has appeared on the Welsh popular soap opera 'Pobol y Cwm', and is Chair of examiners for both GCSE and A level Drama for a major awarding body.