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WORKING WITH THE NTS

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The National Theatre of Scotland is calling for ‘bright, young creative minds’ to help determine a nationwide signature event for Year of Young People 2018.

Those aged between 16 and 25 who would be interested in sharing thoughts and ideas are invited to join the focus group. It would also be ideal if they have a passion for drama & theatre, but not essential. They are looking to cast the net as far and wide as possible across Scotland and selection will be made to ensure a good geographic mix.

The session will take place : 5-7pm, Thursday 6th April at NTS’s brand new Rockvilla, 125 Craighall Rd, Glasgow, G4 9TL

Applications to join the group should be submitted to Gillian.gourlay@nationaltheatrescotland.com by 5pm, Monday 27th March.

Please give your reason for wanting to be involved, name, age, contact number & location.
Selection will be complete by Friday 30th March, when further details will be sent out to those invited to join the Focus Group. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you’d like further information please contact Gillian via email or call her on 0141 227 9237.

HIGHER PREP ESSAYS

All Highers are required to write a Preparation for Performance Essay. This must be done for both acting roles. You are expected to specifically outline the research, development and rehearsal process that has enabled you to portray your characters.

DUE DATE: WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

If this is submitted any later, we will not be able to redraft/help you enhance these.

Full guidance can be found in the link to the PowerPoint below…

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Here is a ‘perfect ten’ response you can use as a guide…

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HIGHER PRU HW: MON 13TH MARCH

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You should allow yourself 20 MINUTES ONLY to complete as much of your theme essay (below) as possible. Please hand to me on Monday for marking.

Question –

As a director, identify five ways in which the playwright uses one or more characters to explore important themes and issues in your prescribed text.

Explain in detail the way in which you would use five directing concepts to ensure these characters communicate the themes and issues in your intended production.

NATIONAL 5 DRAMA: PREP ESSAY

All essays must be typed up and submitted to me by FRIDAY 10TH MARCH.

Please email jwallace039@highlandschools.org.uk or bring a copy in to school on a USB.

 

NAT 5 HW DUE TUES 7TH MARCH

Today in class we worked on Paragraph 4: Acting. What will you do on stage to communicate the character traits you have chosen? Please remember, whatever you say here is what you must do on stage! No crazy chat – just keep it real! Please have this complete for Tuesday 7th March. Several strong examples are displayed below for you for guidance.

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Finally, ensure you round off your essay with a conclusion – one statement/sentence that sums up YOUR INTERPRETATION OF THIS CHARACTER.

PS> I forgot the pancakes today as promised! SORRY! We can have an extra Shrove Tuesday next week if you all finish your essays! (but please remind me on Monday!!!)

PRU: TIMED ESSAY TUES 7TH MARCH

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We have been exploring THEME and have created the following paragraphs in relation to the question;

As a director, identify (five) ways in which the playwright uses one or more characters to explore important themes and issues in your prescribed text. Explain in detail the way in which you would use (five) directing concepts to ensure these characters communicate the themes and issues in your intended production.

The paragraphs created so far are displayed below. Please review these (in terms of STRUCTURE) for your timed essay tomorrow. Please choose only one or two themes to discuss. Remember, below is only one example of the theme. You need to provide a total of 5 so some further preparation is still required.

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Please refer to the DIRECTING CONCEPTS below

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RODDY STEWART MEMORIAL AWARD 2017

Our annual competition, in memory of former pupil Roddy Stewart, was held on Friday 17th February.

After whittling down our initial applicants we had just three finalists, all who were musical entries this year.

We invited an audience of S2 pupils along to support our performers, who demonstrated exceptional behaviour and the utmost respect for the event.

Our special panel of judges tasked with making the decision this year were Olivia Ross – our Strings instructor and founder member of trad band ‘The Shee’, Willie Gilmour – former Culloden Teacher and rock legend, as well as Rhona and Alistair Stewart who are Roddy’s parents.

All 3 finalists were fantastic and made the decision of the judges a very difficult one. However, all of the judges were eventually unanimous in choosing the winner of the 2017 RODDY STEWART MEMORIAL AWARD as…

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MABEL GREEN!

Mabel’s stunning performance on the cello had all the judges incredibly moved. Mabel will use her prize fund to attend a residential weekend in Skye to develop her talents in Traditional Music.

CONGRATULATIONS MABEL!

Here are all the finalists together, from left; Kari Williamson, 2017 Winner Mabel Green, Gemma Sorrie, Kirsten Simpson and Ceitidh Lamont who make up the band Hawaii Blue. Well done all!

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If you would like to watch an edited version of the performances – as well as Mabel’s winning performance in full – then you can do so by clicking on the link below.

https://youtu.be/mHypK95jL1k

Enjoy!

HIGHER HW REMINDER

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On Monday 27th February you are expected to be handing in your paragraph on the following question –

As a director, identify five ways in which the playwright uses one or more characters to explore important themes and issues in your prescribed text.

THEMES agreed for this purpose were;

RELATIONSHIPS, LONELINESS, TIME, IMPRISONMENT

Remember to reference both character and theme, as per the question! And link them.

One full paragraph expected from all, for the purpose of Monday’s lesson. If you do not have this on Monday, you will not be able to take part.

Tuesday’s lesson will look at developing this further, by then selecting the specific directing techniques you would use to show your idea in performance.

Have a good weekend y’all!

NATIONAL 5 HW

As we are on holiday next week, you will have your regular Tuesday lesson on Preparation for Performance. This will now be a homework task.

Today, you should have completed Paragraph 2 – Character.

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For TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY, you must write Paragraph 3; Character Development – IE. HOW DID YOU BRING YOUR CHARACTER TO LIFE?

An outline and example is below for you. Please ensure that what you write is SPECIFIC and RELEVANT, and use the magic formula…

WHAT DID YOU DO? HOW DID YOU DO IT? WHY DID YOU DO IT?

Did you focus on personality? Relationships? Personal background/events? If you did hot seating, what specific questions did you ask and what did you learn from these? If you improvised a scene to learn more about your character, remember it should be a scene OUTWITH the drama. 

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Everything you do in your exam is linked back to your essay so PLEASE give the essay the time and effort it requires! Three paragraphs complete by TUESDAY 28TH PLEASE. And remember, for those of you who do this, there will be pancakes!

NAT 5 HW DUE TUES 14TH FEB

Everyone who was off this week – you MUST bring with you a fully completed research paragraph. It is your responsibility to catch up when you are off. There is no time for catch up in class time.

An outline, and an example is below to help you.

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In addition, everyone must consider THREE specific personality traits that you will portray in performance for your character. You will need this to write the next paragraph, which we will do in class next week.

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