Ok so the big day is tomorrow but do not panic. What you do not know now you will not miraculously know tomorrow. Here’s the best advice we can give at this stage –
National 5 –
Section 1 – EVALUATE A PERFORMANCE
Here you should be writing about your practical exam. No matter what point you make – whether it be about style, character, status, relationship, mood/atmosphere… you MUST explain how effective (or not) this was – otherwise NO MARKS! And remember the magic formula (in any order) *WHAT did you do, HOW did you do it, WHY was it good/bad….*
Section 2 – RESPOND TO STIMULUS
Read all of the questions first! You need to be sure that your drama covers all the aspects required.
It is helpful if you write a short scenario of your drama on the notes page, just to guide the marker.
Be specific – give clear examples. Remember the examiner wont visualise your story the way you do!
When discussing theatre arts (also referred to as production skills or production arts just to confuse you) be specific. DESCRIBE what you see in your head by making reference to colours, textures, fabrics, materials, sizes, heights, etc for every item! Same goes for sound – what is the sound effect, how is it created, what is the song/lyrics, consider instruments, mood, tempo, rhythm, etc. When it asks about lighting, only discuss lighting! You get zero marks for adding extra fancy sound fx of it doesn’t ask for them and you’re just wasting time! And FYI, set dressings are not costumes! Set dressings are decorations that make your set look pretty, or more realistic.
Use your vocab! And don’t forget the magic formula –
‘I would use (vocab word)… When (describe clearly the moment)… To show that…’ (why/to create what effect?)
Section 1 – textual analysis
This is PRU! You had the amazing opportunity to see Pru first hand last week so you can be inspired by what you saw and let it help your descriptions and detail. But remember to ANALYSE the story – what do the significant moments tell us about the characters? You only get one point for storytelling, but you get two points for going in depth. Go for the two!
READ THE QUESTION! – You must make reference to FIVE features as requested in the question and always link back. Do review your essay structure before going in to the exam because a clear structure helps your marker follow your thought process.
But best advice now – READ THE PLAY! You must use quotes to justify your points and this will help them to be fresh in your mind!
Section 2 – REVIEW A LIVE PERFORMANCE
Do not review Pru or you will fail! Section 1 and 2 must be different! This is DRAGON!
Describe describe describe – and always link to your question!
Otherwise to all of our amazing drama students of 2015-2016….go in there, do your best, and make us proud!!!!!!!