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  1. Stanislavski's System

    Being the co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre helped Stanislavski set up a basis for his own system of training actors. This unique system required actors to research the situation provided by the script according to the characters motivations, create a subtext to their script whereby they show the meaning or the imagination beneath the text their script, and bring to mind their own experiences so that they may use the emotions from their own experiences as emotions for their character in order to make their character more believable.

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IB Theatre involves all aspects of drama and theatre. You'll gain a strong appreciation of the subject through critical appraisal of the theory, culture and history of the theatre and by a wide range of practical exercises including improvisation and scripted performances. You'll develop your own performance skills and learn how to work as part of an ensemble and youll gain organisational and technical abilities. There are three core subjects in the syllabus: theatre in the making, which looks at the skills required to create a piece of theatre; theatre in performance, which will involve you in performance and production; and theatre in the world which allows you to study the theory of theatre and its origins and traditions in a variety of global contexts. At higher level you will complete an Independent Project on either

Devising Practice or Exploring Practice. Assessment is both internal and external and the latter requires you to express yourself in a clear and concisemanner in two major pieces of written work. Marked by teachers has a good range of examples of IB Drama written work which you can access to appreciate how such work is planned and achieved.

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Conclusion analysis

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.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • There are a number of logistical and dramatic factors to be decided upon in a production of Philadelphia, Here I Come. Discuss the set, lighting, sound, music or any other element of the play that you feel relevant.

    "In conclusion, Friel uses many stage directions to connect the audience with the characters. He presents us with Private Gar, alter ego that raises many concerns about his inner feelings, which we wouldn’t know about if Friel was to use just Public Gar. Flashback is presented to show previous events from the past in order to get deeper understanding of Gar. Music is outlined in the play to show Gar’s current emotions and their change for example we can tell his mood changes as he decides to play a much faster song. The entire play happens within twenty-four and we are reminded of it by the highlighted clock in the kitchen and clamorous sounds of it in between the scenes. Issue of the lack of communication between Gar and S.B. never gets resolved; we can tell that both of the characters suffer, as they’d like to express themselves. In the end with an open ending and not much gets resolved. It’s up to the reader to put the events in order and make personal judgement on the possible outcomes that may have resulted in the play."

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