Pearson Edexcel A Level Drama Component 3 Section C: Theatre Makers in Practice

Tuesday 20 April 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8316


This webinar is designed to focus on the key features of the work of Antonin Artaud as a key practitioner who can be used in response to Section C questions. Teachers will be provided with the skills to teach confidently and accurately features of the practitioner’s methodologies that are of relevance to the types of question found in Section C.


  • Gain a sound, clear analytical overview and contextual perspective of the practitioner
  • Review the different demands of the types of question
  • Develop understanding of the features of a director’s script in relation to the use of dramatic strategies characteristic of the practitioner
  • Take away approaches that excite students, cultivate a deeper dramatic appreciation and raise grades in exams
  • Equip yourself to set appropriate practice questions around this practitioner


4.00-4.05pm: Welcome and Introduction 

4.05pm: The practitioner in context

  • Overview of the demands of Component 3 – Section C including Assessment Objective 3 and the link between set texts and practitioners
  • The socio-political context of the development of the Theatre of Cruelty
  • Contextual relationships between practitioners and playwrights of the early decades of the twentieth century

4.15pm: Key features of Artaud’s theatrical methodologies 1: performance style            

  • Staging Artaud’s texts including the ‘plague’
  • Use of the actor’s voice to confront the audience
  • Using movement to appeal to awaken an audience’s senses
  • The role of mime in developing a dream-like performance style

4.45pm: Key features of Artaud’s methodologies 2: design

  • Using masks, set and props to frame the performer
  • The role of lighting and sound in creating a highly stylised performance style
  • The position of the spectator and use of space to ‘assault’ the senses

5.15pm: Practical strategies for developing an understanding of the practitioner – use of Buchner’s Woyceck to exemplify theatrical approaches

  • Developing the use of theatrical space to shape the relationship between actor and audience
  • Close analysis of unseen textual extracts to consider realisation of theatrical language
  • Supporting students to develop a theatrical concept for a text using Artaud’s methodologies

5.40pm: Analysis of specimen top band response in the light of the demands of the mark scheme

6pm: end

Emma Hollis

Emma is a well-respected arts education expert with over two decades of experience in teaching, school leadership, inspection, and advisory work. Emma is a senior examiner and has been an assessor for both the Arts Mark and Arts Award qualifications. She is also an Ofqual Subject Expert and was recently commissioned to scrutinise and credit the full range of reformed A Level specifications. Emma has worked with school-based colleagues on a range of arts, media and design projects as an auditor, consultant and evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and leading programmes on a range of themes and across specifications. She has led training for teachers and leaders in a range of settings all over the world. She is an experienced researcher and has authored several market-leading textbooks for Drama teachers, and published book reviews and articles in peer reviewed journals. Her research specialisms include practitioner identity and the impact of social class on the social and educational experiences of teenagers. She is the chair of governors in an outstanding secondary academy and Charitable Trustee of the Leicester YMCA.

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