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GCSE Drama practical - watch other groups or not?

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twosoups1972 Thu 07-Mar-19 12:46:46

Year 11 dd has her practical drama exam tomorrow. She’s cross because they all have to miss a whole day of lessons to watch and support the other groups.

Is this usual practice? Her exam is in the morning but she’s expected to watch all afternoon instead of going to lessons.

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BertrandRussell Thu 07-Mar-19 12:51:23

Of course she should watch. As the others will watch her.

Apart from anything else, it’s always better to perform with an audience.

twosoups1972 Thu 07-Mar-19 12:54:02

They all watched each other the other day for the parents’ performance. LAMDA exams don’t allow an audience so what’s the difference?

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cauliflowersqueeze Thu 07-Mar-19 12:55:46

As Bertrand has said - totally normal.
How the audience respond is taken into account. It’s not a LAMDA exam it’s a GCSE.

twosoups1972 Thu 07-Mar-19 13:14:36

I can’t see anything about audience response in the specification.

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BertrandRussell Thu 07-Mar-19 13:16:15

Fair enough, twosoups. You’re right and your dd should refuse to watch her classmates. Next!

jaynelovesagathachristie Thu 07-Mar-19 13:17:20

Yep had to do it when I did my drama gcse and we did it when I did my drama a level and degree. Just because it's not in specification drama is about group work, learning and adapting from each other. Watching and learning helps you get better yourself.

twosoups1972 Thu 07-Mar-19 13:28:02

Ok fair comments thank you. She’s just worried about missing an important topic in a science subject. Every lesson counts at this stage but suppose it can’t be helped.

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twosoups1972 Thu 07-Mar-19 13:55:13

bertrand there’s no need to be rude, I am taking comments on board.

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SilentSister Thu 07-Mar-19 14:23:06

Yep - DD will be watching/supporting the other groups. Her GCSE class also had to watch/support the ALevel girls, and that was after school. She did the lighting for them as well.

I think it is all part of the "working with others" element of the drama courses. You aren't marked on it, but it is a good life lesson.

TeenTimesTwo Thu 07-Mar-19 14:36:58

For DDs drama they had to join the audience. It gives the performers something to work with rather than just the camera/examiner.

Only make sure any phone is turned completely off. A peer of DD's phone went off whilst watching another performance, there was talk of disqualification though I don't know what happened at the end.

BubblesBuddy Thu 07-Mar-19 14:51:25

It’s not much different from going to a sports match or on a school trip or being ill. The science teacher will understand.

twosoups1972 Thu 07-Mar-19 14:58:17

Oh no teen!

Thank you for your responses, I get the 'working with others' aspect and dd is always happy to stay behind after school to watch and support others (as she did this week to watch the other groups). She just hates missing lessons!

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PrismGuile Thu 07-Mar-19 16:06:07

Yes it's usual, it lets you critique and watch other methods instead of being self obsessed. We did it a decade ago in my drama GCSE... it's fun.

(I got one mark off of full marks preens)

Zoflorabore Fri 08-Mar-19 05:11:16

Hi op, my ds is also doing GCSE drama and done his final set piece last month.

They all watch each others performances as standard and ds said it's actually quite helpful to do so.
He's a real worrier and like your dd, was worried he would miss a certain topic in another subject so he went to see the teacher and was given notes/links of what he had missed.
Ds also said it's good practice to perform in front of an audience smile

Good luck to your dd.

TeenTimesTwo Fri 08-Mar-19 09:05:49

Just to add, some other subjects may well have situations too where they miss lessons in the run up. e.g.
- Food tech practical
- Art exam
- Geography field trip
Though I accept these are all 'doing' rather than watching.

twosoups1972 Sun 10-Mar-19 11:13:27

Update - all went well and in the end, they finished early so dd could get to her lesson.

Found out from dd part of the reason she was annoyed was that in previous years, it wasn't like this: you did your exam and you could then leave.

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