Endorsed by Edexcel, this Student Book supports your students through GCSE Drama design options, of costume, lighting, set and sound design.
- The clear and accessible layout will help students engage with and fully understand key design ideas and information.
- Written by an experienced author and drama teacher in collaboration with expert consultants working professionally in each of the design areas.
- Separate chapters for each of the four design elements give a solid foundation on which to develop the required exam skills.
- Numerous diagrams, sketches, plans and photographs help students visualise the practical elements of being a drama designer.
- Provides a range of practice questions with exemplar answers and extensive advice on exam preparation.
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.
“Designing Drama (Edexcel GCSE) is a text book aimed at students studying Costume, Lighting, Set and Sound design as one of their options in GCSE Drama. Shewring explains in her introduction that it is ‘about everything that happens on the stage except for the acting’ and states that the book will support students studying one of the technical options, but also help acting students to write about design in the written paper.
Resources for the technical elements of GCSE Drama have been neglected for both students and teachers for many years. This book I am sure will appeal to teachers who are not especially confident in these areas themselves.
I very much like and encourage the use of images with theatrical content, and there are plenty of these in the book from productions both familiar and less well known. Each of the sections related to a technical area: Costume, Lighting, Set and Sound design are very well done by the relative experts in the field. These sections are full of useful information to get students working on their designs.
I like the fact that the book recognises that most drama departments have small budgets and therefore are likely to only have a few lanterns and a basic lighting desk. It encourages students to work with what they have, including upcycling for costume purposes.”
Drama & Theatre Magazine Review September 2020
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