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Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Drama: Designing Drama

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Author(s): Sue Shewring

awarding body: Edexcel

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-912820-22-1

subject: Drama

Pages: 256 pp




Publishing June 2020.


Endorsed by Edexcel, this is a uniquely comprehensive and detailed textbook providing in-depth support for the design route through the Edexcel GCSE Drama specification, covering all lighting, sound, set and costume options.


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The only book for Edexcel GCSE Drama that offers practical guidance for all the design options and is tailored specifically to meet the requirements of the exam board

Colourful and accessible design with a wide range of practical activities for each option, making it suitable for design novices as well as those with experience

Written by an experienced author in collaboration with expert consultants working professionally in each of the design areas

Includes a variety of features including Assessment Checks, Tasks and Design Tips, with key terminology identified and defined throughout

Covers all the assessment objectives for each design option, and provides a range of practice questions with exemplar answers and extensive advice on exam preparation

Covers working with the relevant technology in each area and how to prepare the appropriate documentation

Analysis and evaluation skills are highlighted and practised throughout

Suitable for specialist and non-specialist drama teachers



Course outline and how you will be assessed 

How to use this book 

Introduction to Design 

Set Design

Lighting Design

Costume Design

Sound Design

Component 1 – Devising

Designing Set for the devised piece

Designing Lighting for the devised piece

Designing Costume for the devised piece

Designing Sound for the devised piece

Component 2 – Scripted Performance

Designing Set for the Scripted Performance

Designing Lighting for the Scripted Performance

Designing Costume for the Scripted Performance

Designing Sound for the Scripted Performance

Theatre Makers in Practice - The written exam

Set Design

Lighting Design

Costume Design

Sound Design


About the author

Sue Shewring worked as an actor and education development officer during the height of Britain’s Theatre-in-Education movement. She later became Head of Drama at an 11-18 school where she staged several full scale productions at a local theatre. She advised in the capacity of Lead Teacher of Drama for Lancashire, and now tutors GCSE and A-level students.