GCSE Drama gives students wonderful opportunities to study a number of aspects of the theatre, from script development to stage management, from improvisation to physical theatre, as well as many technical specialities like sound and lighting. Students will gain a good grounding in different styles and genres and have plenty of time to develop their skills. You'll study one play in a certain amount of depth to understand how a production is initiated, planned and staged. And of course you'll be acting, studying the techniques and methods that actors use to prepare, to build a character and to perform the part.
Assessment is split between practical coursework and by a final examination. The writing skills required to achieve good marks in this exam can be developed by accessing the Marked by Teachers website which has hundreds of relevant essay answer examples which can show what skills you'll need to learn.
GCSE Drama is a good preparation for many A levels, most notably Drama, English Literature and Classics.
Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.
Do they use key words from the title or question?
Do they answer the question directly?
Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
"In conclusion The Wizard Of Oz is an enjoyable and successful play which has encaptured audiences in theatres and cinemas for many years. It is successful because we willingly believe what we see. In the production I saw at the Birmingham Repertory theatre the most successful aspects were: the use of colour to create both mood and setting, the use of film to show transition between the worlds and the use of moving and flexible set."
"Although I enjoyed both openings to the film, I would prefer to watch Welles' 1948 film rather than Polanski's version as I found it fast paced and exciting. Welles' film left me anxious to know who Macbeth was and what these evil witches had to do with him; Polanski's film left wondering more about the witches more than Macbeth himself."
"In conclusion the two poems are similar because they are both about old people. There structure, language and the way they are read is completely different. For example Warning seems to contain commands or instructions on how an old person should behave. Still both poems have shown me vivid pictures of an old persons life even thought there styles are completely different."
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