Scholarship Drama - information for candidates

Information for:

  • all Candidates
  • the waiting-room Supervisor, who will be a teacher from the school
  • Drama teachers.

This information will help you to understand the examination procedure and to practise responding to instructions promptly. There will be no opportunity for reassessment.

You must wear plain, non-specific clothing, and perform to an imagined audience positioned near the camera; performance to the camera may distort the intended image.

Confirm with your Drama teacher what will be used as a warning signal.

On the day of the examination

Be in the waiting-room by 9.10 am.

Visit the toilet just before you arrive. If the school is able to provide a second staff member as a supervisor, it may be possible to visit the toilet during the waiting time, but this cannot be guaranteed. Otherwise, you may leave the waiting-room only to go directly into the performance space.

Candidates will be examined in Attendance Roll order. A ‘Working Copy of the Attendance Roll’ and copies of this ‘Information for Candidates’ sheet will be available in the waiting-room.

You may warm up until it is your turn to perform.

Each candidate's performances are expected to last between 20 and 30 minutes.

The Examination

The Examination Supervisor will take each candidate to the performance space.

At the Performance Space, hand to the Supervisor.

  • an Annotated Script for Part 1
  • an Annotated Script for Part 2
  • an Authenticity Declaration (DOC, 365KB) complete except for the candidate's signature in the top section. If you have chosen to permit your DVD recording to be published on the schools secure site, the second section of the Authenticity Declaration should be complete.

Confirm your NSN number on the A4 plastic bag label, and ensure that the Supervisor places your documents in the bag and closes it.

The Supervisor will note your "Start Time" on the Attendance Roll.

The Performances

The camera and recording will be started, and not stopped until you have completed all three of your performances. The camera will NOT be touched during any part of the filming.

TEXT-BASED PERFORMANCE

  1. The Supervisor will announce your candidate number, e.g. "Candidate number 118678543."
  2. The Supervisor will announce "Part 1, Text-based Performance – five minutes in total for your introductory analysis and performance. Begin with your oral introductory analysis. I will start timing when you start speaking. When you have completed your introductory analysis, say, "Now I will perform" and then begin your performance.
  3. You will give your oral introductory analysis. If you wish, you could move closer to the camera to deliver your introduction. The Supervisor will start recording.
  4. After your introductory analysis, move to your starting position, say, "Now I will perform," and begin your performance.
  5. At the end of 4 minutes 50 seconds, the warning signal will be given.
  6. The Supervisor will stop you at 5 minutes – you MUST stop at once.

SELF-DEVISED PIECE

  1. The Supervisor will say: "Part 2, performance of self-devised piece – six minutes in total for your oral response and performance. Here is the question to which you are to respond."
  2. The supervisor will hand you a laminated card for you to read the question to yourself. The question will not be read aloud. Do not ask any questions about it.
  3. The Supervisor will say, ‘When you are ready, hand the card back to me. I will start timing when you start your oral response. When you have completed your oral response, say, ‘Now I will perform’’.
  4. You will hand back the laminated card and give your oral introductory analysis in response to the question.
  5. The Supervisor will start timing.
  6. At 2 minutes, a signal will be given if you have not said, "Now I will perform".
  7. After you have given your introductory analysis, say, “Now I will perform” and then begin your performance.
  8. At 5 minutes 50 seconds, the warning signal will be given.

IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCE

  1. The Supervisor will announce: "Part 3, Impromptu Performance – six minutes in total, two for preparation; two for your impromptu performance; and two minutes for your justification. I will time each part separately. Here is the prescribed impromptu performance task."
  2. The Supervisor will hand you a laminated copy of the task for you to read to yourself. Do not ask any questions about it.
  3. The Supervisor will announce: "Preparation for Impromptu Performance – two minutes." And then start timing.
  4. You will prepare. You may use pen, paper, and the laminated copy of the prescribed task while you prepare.
  5. At 1 minute 50 seconds, the warning signal will be given.
  6. At 2 minutes, hand back the laminated card and any used paper to the Supervisor
  7. The Supervisor will announce: "Part 3, Impromptu Performance – two minutes".
  8. You will perform.
  9. At 1 minute 50 seconds, the warning signal will be given.
  10. At 2 minutes, the Supervisor will stop you and invite you to the camera.
  11. The Supervisor will announce: "You have two minutes to explain and justify your Impromptu Performance to the camera."
  12. You will give your explanation and justification. If you wish, you could move closer to the camera to deliver your justification. Timing will start when you start speaking.
  13. At 1 minute 50 seconds, the warning signal will be given.
  14. The Supervisor will stop you at 2 minutes – you MUST stop at once.
  15. The camera will be stopped.  

Before you leave check with the Supervisor that all of your performances have been recorded. If they have been, sign the "Performance recorded" section of the Authenticity Declaration (DOC, 365KB) and date it.

Leave the Performance Room when instructed by the Supervisor, who will note your "Leaving Time" on the Attendance Roll. Walk away from the area.

 
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