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Noughts & Crosses Play Guide for AQA GCSE Drama

Author(s): Annie Fox

awarding body: AQA

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-912820-51-1

subject: Drama

Pages: 160 pp




This Play Guide is specifically written for students studying Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses, as adapted by Dominic Cooke, as a set play text for the AQA GCSE Drama specification.



The Play Guide provides structured support for the three Sections that are all part of Component 1: Understanding Drama in the specification:

Section A Theatre Roles and Responsibilities.

Section B Study of a Set Play

Section C Understanding Drama - Live Theatre Production

It fully supports the written examination and helps students develop their key knowledge and understanding of the set plays

Knowledge and understanding are developed alongside the key drama skills through a range of practical ideas and activities, tasks and exercises

Includes a dedicated section on how to improve exam and writing skills with a number of practice exam-style questions

To accompany the tasks and activities featured in each Play Guide, worksheets are available to download for free here.   

Worksheets include Tasks, Learning checklists, Test yourself activities and Sample answers


The Play Guides support the popular Student Book and are part of the AQA GCSE Drama scheme



Theatre roles and terminology 

Study of a set play: Noughts & Crosses

Live theatre production

Examination practice

Answers to ‘Test Yourself’ questions

Glossary of key terms


About the author

Annie Fox was the Head of Drama and Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented Pupils in a state comprehensive that routinely achieved outstanding results.  After studying in New York and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she worked as an actor for over a decade, before training to teach. She has played a key role in training Drama teachers and been an Associate Moderator for a major awarding body.  Annie is also an experienced English teacher and author.