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

Wednesday 21 April 2021 – 4pm

Code: 8317


This webinar is designed to will focus on the key features of the work of Kneehigh Theatre 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 Kneehigh Theatre
  • Contextual relationships between the physical theatre practitioners of the 21st century

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

  • Staging classic texts and myths including Don Juan and Tristan and Isolde
  • Use of the chorus to provide a rolling narrative
  • Using physical theatre, music and dance to tell the story
  • The role of mime in developing a carnivalesque performance style

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

  • Using puppets, aerial strategies and props to frame the performance
  • The role of lighting, multi-media and sound in creating a highly stylised performance style
  • The position of the spectator and breaking of the 4th wall to create an immersive style

5.15pm: Practical strategies for developing an understanding of the practitioner – use of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata 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 Kneehigh’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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