Friday 23 April 2021

Code: 8319


This webinar is designed to will focus on the key features of the theatrical text Equus by Peter Shaffer one of set texts which can be used in response to Section B 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 B.


  • Gain a sound, clear analytical overview and contextual perspective on the text
  • Review the different demands of the types of question in Section B
  • Develop understanding of the features of a director’s script in relation to the use of a range of strategies which might be used to stage the text
  • 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 text


4.00-4.05pm: Welcome and Introduction

4.05pm: The text in context

  • Overview of the demands of Component 3 – Section B including Assessment Objective 3
  • Understand the requirements of the printed extract
  • Explore the original performance conditions and the historical, social and cultural context of the text.

4.15pm: Key features of Equus 1: expressionist performance style         

  • Understanding the demands of the episodic structure including staging transitions
  • Use of the chorus to create the stylised theatrical narrative
  • Exploring form, structure and language
  • Developing an understanding of expressionist acting styles

4.45pm: Key features of Equus 2: design

  • Using set design, puppetry and props to enhance visual communication and create the horses
  • The role of lighting, multi-media and sound in creating an expressionist performance style
  • The relationship between actor and audience – exploring the impact of a range of staging methods including thrust and in the round

5.15pm: Practical strategies for developing an understanding of the text – exemplification of use of practitioner techniques

  • Close analysis of textual extracts to consider realisation of theatrical elements
  • Supporting students to develop a vision for staging the text as a director
  • Developing a response to the remainder of the text by identifying key theatrical moments

5.40pm: Analysis of specimen top band responses in the light of the demands of the mark scheme – writing as a performer and designer

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.

Pearson A level Drama