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BTEC LEVEL 5 HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA PERFORMING ARTS (QCF)
2014 – 2015

Qualification

Unit Number And Title

Pearson BTEC HND Diploma In Performing
Arts

Unit 68: Theatre Directing

Actor Name

Assessor Name

Sam Black

Carleigh-Ann Portelli

Date Issued
03/11/2014

Completion Date
03/12/2014

Assignment Title

Newspaper Project

LO
LO1

Learning Outcomes (LO)
Understand how theatre
directing has developed
into its contemporary
form and range.

AC
1.1

1.2

1.3

LO2

Understand the role,
skills and methods of a
theatre director.

2.1
2.2
2.3

LO3

LO4

Be able to work with an
ensemble in the
rehearsal and realisation
of a performance.

3.1

Be able to realise and
evaluate a performance.

4.1

3.2

4.2

Submitted On
02/12/2014

Assessment Criteria For A Pass
Critically evaluate significant
practitioners and movements in the
development of theatre directing.
Explain the way in which theatre
directing can respond to a cultural and
social context.
Critically assess the work of
contemporary theatre directors,
defining their work in detail.
Explain the role of a theatre director.
Evaluate the skills that a theatre
director needs.
Justify methods used in theatre
directing.
Create and sustain a productive working
relationship with performers.
Select and justify rehearsal methods
that prepare performers for a particular
performance style or text.
Direct a production within given
constraints.

Task
1

Evidence
Logbook, Blog,
Observation

1

Observation, Blog,
Logbook

1

Observation, Blog,
Logbook, Scrapbook

2
2

Observation, Blog
Observation, Blog

2

Observation, Blog

3

Observation, Video,
Blog
Observation, Video,
Blog

Evaluate the effectiveness of the
process and performance and produce
strategies for development.

4

3

4

Logbook,
Observation,
Scrapbook
Logbook,
Observation, Blog

Actor Declaration
I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are
fully acknowledged.
Actor’s Signature: SB
Date: 03/12/2014

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BTEC LEVEL 5 HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS
2014 – 2015
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In Addition To The Above PASS Criteria, This Assignment Gives You The Opportunity To Submit Evidence In Order To Achieve The Following
MERIT and DISTINCTION Grades

Grade Descriptor

Indicative Characteristic/s

Contextualisation

M1
Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate
solutions.

An effective approach to study and research has
been applied.

Detailed and elaborate research from a mixture of
primary and secondary sources has been
conducted and reflected within the work.

M2
Select/design and apply appropriate methods
and techniques.

Relevant theories and techniques have been
applied.

A range of techniques, styles, practices, have been
applied to workshops and have contributed to the
generation and evolution of material.

M3
Present and communicate appropriate findings.

The communication is appropriate for familiar and
unfamiliar audiences and appropriate media have
been used.

Communication is altered to suit the needs of all
actors and information is delivered effectively so
that all intended outcomes are met.

D1
Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and
justify valid conclusions.

Realistic improvements have been proposed
against defined characteristics for success.

Developments and changes to the work have
been made by the ‘director’ and all improvements
have been fully justified.

D2
Take responsibility for managing and organising
activities.

Substantial activities, projects or investigations
have been planned, managed and organised.

Workshops and rehearsals have been fully
planned, managed and organised without aid.

D3
Demonstrate convergent/lateral/creative
thinking.

Receptiveness to new ideas is evident.

Material has been generated and evolved through
collaboration and compromise.

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Assignment Brief
Unit Number And Title
Qualification
Start Date
Performance Date
Logbook/Scrapbook Deadline
Tutorial Dates
Assessor

Unit 68: Theatre Directing
Pearson BTEC HND Diploma In Performing Arts
3rd November 2014
25th – 27th November 2014
2nd December 2014
3rd December 2014
Carleigh-Ann Portelli

Assignment Title

Newspaper Project

Purpose Of This Assignment
The aim of this project is to enable actors to understand the role of the theatre director in the
realisation of performance and to explore the history of directing as well as contemporary methods
and approaches.
Scenario
You must direct groups of actors to create material based on newspaper headlines. Working under
the guidance of your directors (Carleigh-Ann Portelli and Gavin Brocker) you will construct a
coherent piece of theatre that will be performed to an audience.
Task 1: (LO1: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3) (M1)
You are required to understand how theatre directing has developed into its contemporary form and
range. You will be assessed on the evidence you provide for the following tasks.


Research Jerzy Grotowski, Vsevolod Meyerhold and Peter Brook. Use your research to write
a 1000 word document comparing and contrasting the impact they have had on the
industry. (1.1)
Choose a theatre director currently working within the industry. Research their theories,
methods and recent work. Explain in detail how their work is having an impact on society
today. (1.3)
Read and research an article in the news that you’re particularly passionate about. Decide
how you, as a theatre director, would respond to the issues raised in the article. Present
your idea to your fellow company members in a creative way indicating how your response
will:
1. Address, challenge and affect the issues raised in the article.
2. Impact target groups and provoke a social response. (1.2)

To achieve M1, detailed and elaborate research from a mixture of primary and secondary sources
will have been conducted and discoveries will be reflected within the work.
Task 2: (LO2: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
You will need to understand the role, skills and methods of a theatre director. You will be assessed
on the evidence you provide for the following tasks.

Engage in a company discussion/debate about the role, requirements and responsibilities of

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a theatre director. (2.1)
Adopt the characteristics of an influential theatre director/practitioner and be interviewed
about the skills needed to be a theatre director. Your character must be able to justify the
methods used in theatre directing. (2.2, 2.3)
Engage in weekly discussions on the blog site that evaluate your progression as a theatre
director and the skills you need. (2.2)

Task 3: (LO3: 3.1, 3.2) (M2, M3, D2, D3)
You must be able to work with an ensemble in the rehearsal and realisation of a performance. You
will be assessed on the evidence you provide for the following tasks.


Select appropriate exercises for rehearsals and lead your group of actors in workshops that
prepare them for the final presentation. (3.2)
Cast actors in appropriate roles that suit their ability and aid the overall piece. (3.1)
Create and sustain a productive working relationship with performers ensuring that all
actors understand your role within the process. (3.1)

To achieve M2, a range of techniques, styles, practices, will be applied to workshops and will
contribute to the generation and evolution of material.
To achieve M3, the ‘director’s’ communication is altered to suit the needs of all actors and
information is delivered effectively so that all intended outcomes are met.
To achieve D2, workshops and rehearsals will be fully planned, managed and organised without aid.
To achieve D3, material will be generated and evolve through collaboration and compromise.
Task 4: (LO4: 4.1, 4.2) (D1)
You are expected to realise and evaluate your performance. You will be assessed on the evidence
you provide for the following tasks.


Direct a devising process with your group of actors and create usable material for the final
piece. (4.1)
Write an overall evaluation of the process and performance highlighting its effectiveness.
(4.2)
Write a personal action plan highlighting your weaknesses and construct strategies for
development as a director. (4.2)

To achieve D1, developments and changes to the work will be made by the ‘director’ and all
improvements will be fully justified.

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BTEC LEVEL 5 HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS
2014 – 2015
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The Outcome And
Result Of Performance
In Practical
Task 1

Task 2
Task 3
Task 4

Summary Of Evidence Required By
Actor

Evidence Presented

Actors Logbook. Scrapbook.
Company Blog Site. Director
Observation.
Director Observation. Company
Blog Site.
Director Observation. Company
Blog Site. Video Footage.
Director Observation. Company
Blog Site. Actors Logbook.
Scrapbook.

Actors Logbook. Scrapbook.
Company Blog Site. Director
Observation.
Director Observation. Company
Blog Site.
Director Observation. Company
Blog Site. Video Footage.
Director Observation. Company
Blog Site. Actors Logbook.
Scrapbook.

Sources Of Information
Examples Of Theatre Practitioners:
 Vsevolod Meyerhold
 Bertolt Brecht
 Jerzy Grotowski
 Peter Brook
 Robert LePage
 Augusto Boal
 Dario Fo
 Euginio Barba
 Jacques Lecoq
Examples Of Contemporary Theatre Directors:
 Lloyd Newson: DV8 (Director)
 Scott Graham: Frantic Assembly (Co-Director)
 Paul Miller: Orange Tree Theatre (Artistic Director)
 Emma Rice: Knee High Theatre Company (Director)

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BTEC LEVEL 5 HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS
2014 – 2015
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2014 – 2015

Achievement Summary
Qualification

Pearson BTEC Higher National
Diploma In Performing Arts

Unit Number
And Title

Unit 68: Theatre Directing

Criteria
Reference
LO1
1.1
1.2
1.3
LO2
2.1
2.2
2.3
LO3
3.1
3.2
LO4
4.1
4.2

Assessor Name
Actor Name

Carleigh-Ann Portelli
Sam Black

To Achieve The Criteria The Evidence Must Show That
The Actor Is Able To:

Achieved?
(Tick)

Critically evaluate significant practitioners and movements in the
development of theatre directing.
Explain the way in which theatre directing can respond to a cultural and
social context.
Critically assess the work of contemporary theatre directors, defining
their work in detail.

Explain the role of a theatre director.
Evaluate the skills that a theatre director needs.
Justify methods used in theatre directing.



Create and sustain a productive working relationship with performers.
Select and justify rehearsal methods that prepare performers for a
particular performance style or text.


Direct a production within given constraints.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the process and performance and produce
strategies for development.



Higher Grade Achievements (Where Applicable)
Grade Descriptor
(Merit)

Achieved?
(Tick)

M3: Present and communicate
appropriate findings.

Achieved?
(Tick)

D1: Use critical reflection to
evaluate own work and justify valid
conclusions.

M1: Identify and apply strategies
to find appropriate solutions.
M2: Select/design and apply
appropriate methods and
techniques.

Grade Descriptor
(Distinction)

D2: Take responsibility for
managing and organising activities.
D3: Demonstrate
convergent/lateral/creative
thinking.

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Assignment Feedback
Formative Feedback & Observations
(Assessor To Actor)
Presentation:
 The dynamic layout of paper scattered in the dark aided the atmosphere.
 The transition into the audio lacked fluidity and control.
 Good use of different presentation mediums, e.g. Prezi.
 The audience disengage with the subject matter because the presenter is themselves
talking about a character rather than actually being the character.
 Good use of audience participation, clever decision to allow participants to make
their own choices and form opinions.
 Instructions on the use of the cards wasn’t clear so participants were initially hesitant
about how they worked.
 A magician/showman should never give away the secret or tell us where the trick can
from. The audience with thrive on the mystery.
 Objective of the piece was unclear. The audience left unsure of what you were trying
to achieve.
Rehearsal Feedback:
 Struggling to take command of the room. Don’t be afraid to intervene when the
rehearsal becomes laboured.
 The director always needs to be one step ahead of the actor.
 Focus on your positioning within the space. Your position in the room will either
engage the actors or force them to disengage.
 When asking for feedback you need to ask questions to provoke responses.
 Never feedback what you ‘liked’ always state what ‘worked’.
 Your feedback should be definitive and never hesitant.
 Never give a not using the term ‘I think’, always use ‘I know’.
 Be clear with your responses and confident with your directions.
 Never tell the actors that you ‘don’t know’.
 Always monitor when the group is losing focus and try to ascertain what it is that is
causing the distraction.
 The use of music should always aid the atmosphere and not simply provide a
distraction.
 If the music is too loud the actors cannot hear your commands. Equally you cannot
hear that they are distracted and talking.
Personal Feedback:
 You must become more vigilant with your self-discipline and stamina. You have a
tendency to opt out of a game when you feel tired and by doing this you are giving
the actors license to do so.
 You must become more sensitive to the other directors in the space. At times you
lack the ability to listen to the atmosphere and respond accordingly. You must look to

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make more appropriate judgements when leading with another director. If you
choose to lead a different workshop at the same time as the other directors you are
undermining their original decision.
Action Plan
(Actor To Assessor)


Write a logbook schedule to keep on top of the work.
Taking notes regularly.
Stepping back and encouraging other directors to take a leading role.

Summative Feedback
Sam, throughout the process you have proven yourself to be an extremely creative individual with
plenty of ideas to offer to the rehearsal process. You were obviously inspired by your chosen subject
matter and your script became an essential element to the process and you were able to discover
new, creative, bold and dynamic ideas that incorporated a vast range of styles and techniques. Your
research lacked depth, clarity and a sense of interest and it was evident that plenty of your work had
not had sufficient rehearsal/preparation even though you were given ample time to do so. You must
ensure that you take responsibility for your training and keep up to date with all aspects of your
work. Remember that the time you give yourself to reflect within your logbook will affect your work
on the rehearsal floor. Your process was clearly hindered by your lack of consistent reflection.
Feedback
(Actor To Assessor)
Strengths:
 Keeping alert when directing and staying one step ahead.
 Exploring a range of elements to create art.
 Working alongside the actors rather than dictating.
Weaknesses:
 Keeping on top of the logbook.
 Failing to approach the work with fresh eyes.
 Not allowing other directors to have more ownership of the work.
Tasks

Send off your UCAS application with a complete and amended personal statement.
Decide on one appropriate contemporary monologue, one classical monologue and one
character song.

Assessor Signature
Actor Signature

CAP

Date

03/12/2014

SB

Date

03/12/2014

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