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DRA691: IB TA 2H (2014-2015)

COURSE TITLE: Theater Arts2 Std (Bahrain Only)
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015

Major Concepts/Content: The I.B. Theatre Arts programme aims to help students understand the nature of the theatre; to understand it by making it as well as studying it; to understand it not only with their minds but with their senses, their bodies and their emotions; to understand the form it takes in cultures other than their own; and through this understanding better to understand themselves, their society and their world. The course involves the development of performance skills through working on devised and scripted scenes, some of which must be presented to an audience. Students will also study drama from the point of view of the director and will investigate methods of turning a playscript into performance. Practical exploration of theatre from different cultures is also a key element in the course. A theatre production - a collaborative exercise animating a broad spectrum of talents and skills in which the principles and practices of theatre are explored by the students - is the high point of their practical and theoretical studies.

Major Instructional Activities: Part 1 Performance skills • ensemble work • theatre games and trust exercises • mime • movement/dance • vocal techniques • role play • genre • acting techniques and characterization Performance skills are developed through working on a wide range of extracts from published plays and exploring a wide variety of stimuli for improvised work. Part 2 World Theatre Studies Studies from an international perspective of selected texts and traditions. Study in detail of at least two contrasting practices. A minimum of two play texts from more than one theatrical tradition and more than one culture, in the original or in translation, to be included. Topics may include: • Shakespearian Theatre • Bertolt Brecht • Local traditions • Asian Theatre forms • The American Musical • Augusto Boal • Medieval theatre practice Part 3 Practical Play Analysis Active exploration of extracts and complete play texts as plans for action. Practical engagement with the challenge of imagining a playscript from a director’s point of view, considering both overall concept and ways of staging. Texts will range from Greek tragedy to contemporary theatre • The role of the director • Rehearsal techniques • Production elements • Theatre design, light, sound, set, costume, make up etc. • The audience Part 4 Theatre Production A practical study of the principles and practices of theatre production, building on skills developed in other areas of the course. Involvement in at least one production: • Technical aspects of production • Design /construction • Administration/promotion • Stage management • Script writing • Direction/choreography • Text exploration • Devising and creating original work • Hybrid performance ? mixed media, technology, visual arts, music, dance

Major Evaluative Techniques: External assessment 50% • Research commission 25% Presentation of a study based on World Theatre Studies, Part 2 of the programme. (approximately 1750 words) • Practical Play Analysis 25% Oral presentation (15-20 minutes maximum) of a directorial approach to a play prescribed by the IBO for Part 3 of the programme. Internal Assessment 50% These components are internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IBO • Performance Skills and Theatre Production 25% Contribution to, and participation in, practical classwork and Theatre Production • Portfolio 25%: Portfolio of approximately 3000 words reflecting on the candidate’s learning and development in Theatre Arts, including: • Performance Skills (programme Part 1) • Theatre production (programme Part 4) • Critical response to external productions (programme Part 2) AISB Grading Trimester grades will be based on portfolio, projects and practical class work. Materials Your body (including voice) Your mind (including imagination) Your spirit (including passion and self-confidence) A note book or folder for portfolio