SECTION 1 – SET TEXT (PRU)

Some useful resources for your study of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig. In this essay, you will consider either ACTING, DIRECTING OR DESIGN in your answer to the question.

 

Here is the essay structure for your Textual Analysis (Pru) essay –

Introduction – consider the question and identify the five discussion points.

intro

Paragraph One Part One – Outline the first discussion point, quote/detail a moment (and provide context within the story) then analyse with a link to the original question.

structure

Paragraph One Part Two – now consider how, as an actor/director/designer – you would highlight this discussion point. Use your magic formula, use your vocab and justify!

full para

FIVE PARAGRAPHS LATER….

Conclude – by summing up your discussions and linking back to the question.

conclusion

And here is the same essay structure in full PowerPoint form…

TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

This is your essay plan/structure in booklet form with full examples…

section 1 essay plan

Here is the 3 column chart we’ve been using in class with examples…

pru-personalitypru-acting

It is advised that you use some fancy terms to gain extra marks – those fancy terms can be found here.

higher fancy terms

Need some help analysing? Have a look here at a technique that may help. There’s also a weak/strong example in this for you to compare…

pru analysis examples

What to talk about as an actor? Certainly more than just voice and movement anyway! Have a look at this…

as an actor...

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What to talk about as a director? Soooo many options! A few pointers though…

1. Be careful when discussing production skills though that you make clear the choice as directorial rather than design, for example, don’t just outline a wonderful design idea, explain how you direct the actors to USE or REACT to the technical element.

2. When discussing choices for voice and movement, try to explain how you came to make this decision, for example, through rehearsal techniques or exercises.

as a director…

You’ve been asked to comment on dramatic features…whaaaaaaat? Have a look at this…

dramatic features

 

Here’s some Prudencia background to put into context what you are reading and studying….

BACKSTAGE INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST AND CREW

An insight into the making of Pru with writer David Greig, director Wils Wilson and cast members from the 2011 production.

AUDIENCE RESPONSE

A selection of audience photos, tweets and comments that give an insight into the production from an audience perspective. Viewed as a slideshow.

https://storify.com/public/templates/slideshow/index.html?src=//storify.com/NTSonline/prudenciahart#1

 

What do the professionals say about working in this industry? Have a look below…

AS AN ACTOR….

How do you use your voice? A selection of videos that consider vocal warm ups, breathing, articulation, vocal exploration and working with text.

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/backstage/voice

How do you use movement? A selection of videos demonstrating physical warm ups, use of the body and use of props within the element of Movement.

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/backstage/movement

And hear from professional actors about how they prepare for a role here –

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/backstage/acting

AS A DESIGNER

See a range of videos for all production roles on the Production Skills page

AS A DIRECTOR

Watch, and hear from the professionals –

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/backstage/directing

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