Photo: WSA Solo Project Annika Nelson Class of 2018
Solo Theatre Piece (HL ONLY)
You will present a piece of theatre that is underpinned by a theatrical theory.
The piece of theatre that you create will be a maximum of 8 minutes long. This will be filmed, and an unedited clip will be submitted. Alongside this you will submit a 3,000 word (maximum) report that considers the aspect of the theory you chose, your performance, the direction of the piece and (if appropriate) the creation of your piece. The report will discuss how you have applied the theory in detail. It will also reflect on to what extent you have understood and achieved the theory. The video you provide will be used to see if your theatre piece matches your report's discussion. The subheadings for the report are:
- The theorist, the theory and the contexts
- Practical explorations and developments of the solo theatre piece
- Evaluation of the solo theatre piece and my personal reflections
- Works Cited
You will select a theatre theorist and explore their context. Consider the impact that the theory has upon the audience, and how and why the aspect of the theory you chose, was used.
You will then select a specific aspect of their theory, and explore this practically.
The theatre theory must be of a practical nature and come from a Theatre Practitioner who has a body of work, which has made a significant contribution to the development of theatre practice over time. This must be someone who has writings (and such) available in their own words.
You will then rehearse and eventually perform your piece of theatre.
Subsequently, you will write a report that explains the context, the theory and the relationship between theory and practice.
You may use existing text(s) associated to that practice or theory, or you may use a different text. Alternatively, you could create your own.
You will have a mentor within your class who gives you feedback, watches you rehearse and assists you all aspects of your performance. Consider what skills, qualities and strategies a good mentor has, and what you would like from your mentor. You should create a ‘contract’ between yourself and your mentor.
You should consider the design of the production elements (sound, set, costume, lights and so on), and you can engage someone else to develop these for you, although you will not be formally assessed on these elements.
The Aspect of the Theory you will focus on
The Performance element
The Design of your performance.
If you are creating original work, then also your role as creator.