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Theatre Arts is at the centre of the cultural expression of Caribbean peoples. As a discipline, Theatre Arts reflects life and contributes uniquely to the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and aesthetic growth of an individual. Theatre Arts employs a variety of arts, such as, dance, choreography, acting, playwriting and directing. It also uses the crafts of the carpenter, painter, artist and designer, and the skills of organisation, co-ordination, and stage management of activities. Consequently, Theatre Arts also contributes invaluably to the creative economy of the region.
Through Theatre Arts we are able to express our deepest emotions, thus satisfying our innate urge to communicate. It is this urge to communicate that helps us to interact with the world. Theatre Arts provides an important means of understanding, constructing, appreciating, and communicating social and cultural values. It allows us to interpret, value, and transmit traditions of the past; explore, celebrate, challenge the present, and build concepts of the future through the imagination. Theatre Arts also encourages team- building and problem solving strategies that have become important requirements in the contemporary work environment.
The syllabus aims to:
- foster appreciation for the forms that Theatre Arts has assumed in various cultural contexts in the Caribbean;
- develop an understanding of the nature, processes and logistics of the theatre;
- enable an appreciation for theatre by participating (as actor, playwright, director, artist, painter, designer, dancer, choreographer, technical director, light or sound technician and stage or production manager) in making theatre;
- provide opportunity to experience theatre through the mind, senses, voice, emotions and body;
- nurture an understanding of theatre by studying certain texts, audio and video tapes;
- enable evaluation of texts and works of theatre through the written, oral, performative and graphic media;
- develop an appreciation of the aesthetic ways of knowing in addition to the scribal and logical modes.
CSEC Theatre Arts SBA - Drama
DRAMA IMPROVISATION On completion of this Section, students should: 1. explore the imagination, emotional and sensory life as instruments of self-discovery and personal imagination; 2. develop the ability to work with others in groups; 3. understand how to develop improvisation; 4. explore cultural forms through improvisation; and, 5. know how to communicate contemporary issues through improvisation.
PLAYMAKING On completion of this Section, students should: 1. explore the imagination, emotional and sensory life as instruments of self-discovery and personal imagination; 2. understand the structure of a play; 3. develop improvisation skills in order to produce a play; 4. develop the ability to produce a play-based on personal experience and heritage; and, 5. experiment with Caribbean styles, cultural forms and content.
- Utilise the body and voice in order to communicate an idea
- Create a text utilising plot, theme, character and dramatic techniques
- Create a character for the playmaking exercise
- Demonstrate the skills of playmaking
- Perform a playmaking exercise which shows the skills of voice, physicality, use of space, and thematic concern
PRODUCTION On completion of this Section, students should: 1. understand the elements of a production; 2. understand the processes and logistics of staging a 20–30-minute production; 3. interpret plays through the analysis of structure, themes and characters; 4. understand the hierarchical roles and relationships among key theatrical personnel; and, 5. understand the role of the performance elements in a production.
- Evaluate a text for a production/performance
- Outline the responsibilities of each production member
- Practice the use of body and voice within the context of a rehearsal
- Execute a cue to cue, technical rehearsal and dress rehearsal
- Outline the challenges and lessons learnt from the process of rehearsal