New Zealand Scholarship Drama

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2016 Assessment Report

Drama assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93304) Drama
Mode of Assessment Portfolio of recorded performances and oral justifications, with supporting evidence
For Year 2017

Content/Context details

Evidence is to be presented as a portfolio of three performances. The first and second are to be supported by an oral introductory analysis, and the third by an oral explanation and justification. All are to be recorded on the scheduled examination date under controlled conditions. At least one oral statement should demonstrate an awareness of New Zealand theatre practice.

PART 1: Text-based performance

An extract/compilation from a prescribed playwright for AS 91514 is to be chosen, prepared before the examination, and performed by the candidate. The performance of the extract is to be preceded by an oral introductory analysis explaining:

  • the given circumstances and emotional context of the speech
  • the interpretive choices
  • performative intentions.

The introductory analysis is to be recorded immediately before the performance. No written prompt may be used. It is suggested that the candidate spend no more than ONE and a HALF minutes on the oral introductory analysis. Candidates will be given a total of FIVE minutes to give their introductory analysis and perform their text-based performance. Candidates are to give an annotated script of the text-based piece to the Supervisor at the start of the examination.

PART 2: Self-devised piece performance

The self-devised performed piece must illustrate the influence of one of:

  • Stanislavsky
  • Brecht
  • Artaud.

The performance of the self-devised piece is to be preceded by the candidate's answering a question relating to a critical analysis of:

  • the influence of one of Stanislavsky, Brecht, or Artaud on the devised work
  • creative choices made in the devised work
  • performative choices and intentions.

The question will be handed to the candidate to read and consider and handed back before the response and performance begins. Note: the supervisor will not read the question to the candidate.

The candidate’s response to the question will be recorded. It is suggested that the candidate spend no more than TWO minutes on answering the question. The candidate will be given a total of SIX minutes to respond to the question and perform their self-devised piece. Candidates are to give an annotated script of the self-devised piece to the Supervisor at the start of the examination.

PART 3: Impromptu performance

The nationally prescribed task for impromptu performance will require the candidate to demonstrate their ability to control and discuss the elements of drama in a new context. The task will be handed to the candidate and handed back before the performance begins. Note: the supervisor will not read the question to the candidate.

The candidate will be given a total of SIX minutes to plan, perform, and justify their response to the camera.  

Prescribed Playwrights

Appropriate texts from prescribed playwrights include, but are not limited to, those listed below. Texts studied must enable in-depth exploration of the features of the theatre form or period.

Jean Anouilh The Lark Antigone
Aristophanes The Frogs Lysistrata
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot Endgame
Albert Belz Yours Truly The Titanics
Jean Betts The Revenge of the Amazons Ophelia Thinks Harder
Bertolt Brecht Mother Courage The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Lynda Chanwai-Earle Foh Sarn Ka Shue
Anton Chekhov The Cherry Orchard The Three Sisters
Caryl Churchill Top Girls Soft Cops
Euripedes The Trojan Women Medea
Michelanne Forster Daughters of Heaven  
Toa Fraser Bare Pure & Deep
Federico Garcia Lorca The House of Bernarda Alba Blood Wedding
Briar Grace-Smith Purapurawhetu When Sun and Moon Collide
Gary Henderson Peninsula An Unseasonable Fall of Snow
Sarah Kane Blasted Psychosis
Oscar Kightley and Dave Armstrong Niu Sila Fresh off the Boat
Hone Kouka The Prophet Waiora
Greg McGee Foreskin's Lament  
Bruce Mason The End of the Golden Weather The Pohutukawa Tree
Arthur Miller The Crucible Playing for Time
Vincent O'Sullivan Shuriken  
Harold Pinter The Birthday Party The Hothouse
Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis Krishnan's Dairy The Pickle King
Renee Wednesday to Come Pass it On
Maurice Shadbolt Once on Chunuk Bair  
William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Macbeth
George Bernard Shaw Saint Joan Arms and the Man
Stephen Sinclair The Bellbird The Bach
Sophocles Antigone Oedipus
Tom Stoppard Travesties Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Mervyn Thompson Children of the Poor Coal Town Blues
Timberlake Wertenbaker Our Country's Good The Love of the Nightingale
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Windermere's Fan
Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Additional information and requirements

2017 Examination timetable

Drama resources

The links listed below are for resources to help teachers and students understand what is required for success in New Zealand Scholarship.

 
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