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KS4 Revision Page

This is a really good starting point, or summary, that covers the basic questions for this subject. More specific materials are in the folders on our secure Revision page or have been given to students in lessons.

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Subject: Drama
How are the exams structured?


10% Devised performance

30% Devising logbook (written coursework)

40% Written summer exam

20% Scripted performance

Where can we find past papers etc? Subject folder on the secure site but you should already have the past paper and mark scheme from the mocks.
What do we need to revise? Where should we start?


Writing techniques are the priority including:

– Subject specific vocabulary and terminology

– How to analyse acting skills (voice, facial expression, movement, proxemics). Use word banks and sentence starters to get used to the level of detail and range of skills you need to write about.

– How to evaluate. WWW/ EBI and WHY? Effects on the audience; what the acting and design communicates to an audience. Personal response and critical skills.

– Job roles in theatre: what are the job titles and what exactly do they do?

– Knowledge of theatre staging types and geography of the stage.

– Blood Brothers: Detailed knowledge of the context – period (dates), location, politics, economic climate.

– Detailed knowledge of the characters: Their background, birthplace, motivations, relationships and objectives in each scene, character arc through the play.

– Detailed knowledge about specific acting skills to communicate character, relationships, emotions and motivations. How these change over time.

– Be prepared to practice many essays to a set time.

LIVE THEATRE – Knowledge of the structure and key points that must be included for maximum points in the essay. Take detailed notes straight after watching Equus on 28th March. Focus on analysing skills and evaluation. Learn key facts (where, when, who, how – effective? Why?) Lots of essay planning and practice. Use word banks and sentence starters to help.

Schedule of priorities:

1.      Log books. Hand in First draft by 1st February so they can be marked and we can give you feedback for final draft. Intervention time from 1st February to 1st March is for all to attend and use as extra rehearsal time.

2.      Learn Lines for practical exam. All off book by 8th February. Detentions to students if this work is not complete and lines not learned. You cannot even begin to act well until the scripts are gone. Every second in rehearsal counts. It is advised to run lines with your group at lunchtimes.

3.      Week commencing 4th March – Log book intensive. You have this ONE WEEK to make final amends to the logbook. Use class time, homework time, intervention and the weekend to finalise. FINAL hand in is Monday 11th March.  

4.      Section B – Exam practice from 11th – 28th March. Guidance on writing and structure in class. Essay practice in class, intervention and for homework. You will have to put in extra time between now and then to revise the items above.

5.      Section C – Exam practice from 29th March – 12th April, as above.

6.      Easter holidays – revision and exam practice, sections A, B and C.

7.      29th April – 16th May Full exam practice and strategy. Respond to feedback and focus on weak areas.

What will we find in the subject folders on the secure site? –          Resources to help with writing: Word banks, hints and tips.

–          Ask Mr Ashton for exemplars of log- books and some booklets which will help taken from the AQA GCSE handbook.

–          Past paper and mark scheme.

–          Revision schedule which will be updated featuring deadlines to follow

–          Exemplar answers

What are the most useful websites?

Focus on the Writing Section and then Practitioners with a focus on Stanislavski. Read other sections if keen to widen other knowledge.

Some great films on You Tube created by The National Theatre to tell you what various jobs are – and what they involve.