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Contemporary Scottish Theatre. An introduction. What is meant by CST?. Any post-1900 play which is set in Scotland and/or written by a Scottish playwright is considered to be Contemporary Scottish Theatre.

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what is meant by cst
What is meant by CST?
  • Any post-1900 play which is set in Scotland and/or written by a Scottish playwright is considered to be Contemporary Scottish Theatre.
  • Plays which have been performed by a Scottish theatre company using a Scots translation, a Scottish idiom or a Scottish setting are also appropriate for study.
  • A minimum of three contemporary Scottish plays, which may be texts and/or productions, must be studied.
summary
Summary
  • The purpose of this unit is to develop competence in analysing and appreciating specified trends and issues in contemporary Scottish theatre and in acting a character from a contemporary Scottish play.
what you need to do
What you need to do ….

1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specified trends and issues in contemporary Scottish theatre through essay and dramatic commentary.

2 Perform an acting role from a contemporary Scottish play.

how many texts
How many texts?
  • Analyse three texts/productions in terms of how each exemplifies one or more specified trends or issues.
  • Discusses relevantly two specified trends or issues with reference to a range of appropriate texts/productions.
specified trends and issues
Specified trends and issues
  • Social, political and religious dimensions;
  • Use of history, nostalgia and popular tradition;
  • Issues of gender;
  • Current productions and issues.

At least two to be studied

written assignments nabs
Written Assignments (NABs)
  • Two written assignments are required each investigating a specified trend or issue and each making reference to two or more texts.
  • At least three plays should be studied and this should be evident from the two assignments.
  • The candidate should explore the plays from the perspective of an audience and of an actor.
acting assessment
Acting Assessment

Perform an acting role from CS play.

  • Interprets the character convincingly, showing use of textual clues.
  • Uses a voice which is appropriate to both character and clarity of words.
  • Uses movement which is appropriate to character and which makes effective use of the acting space in relation to the audience.
  • Interacts effectively with other characters.
  • Communicates effectively the overall portrayal of the character to the audience.
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Performance assessed by staff checklist.
  • The candidate is expected to sustain the role for around five minutes
  • The candidate is expected to communicate with an audience which may comprise the other candidates in the teaching group.
exam assessment
Exam Assessment
  • Complete an essay under examination conditions
  • Essays are grouped into sections:
    • Social, political and religious dimensions;
    • Use of history, nostalgia and popular tradition;
    • Issues of gender;
    • Current productions and issues.
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Responses should offer detailed answers to the questions posed, showing evidence of reading, understanding of and engagement with the subject, as well as an appreciation of some of the key issues at work within Scottish theatre.
  • “Prepared” answers that entirely fail to focus on the question cannot pass. Similarly, blanket coverage, which merely touches on the question, is unlikely to do well.
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Credit should be given to candidates who demonstrate that they are writing an essay, not just making “a list of points”.
  • In general each response should be marked out of 20 with broad bands as follows:
    • a good response will be marked between 15 and 20
    • a fair response between 10 and 14, and
    • a poor response between 0 and 9.
sample exam questions
Sample Exam Questions
  • “Contemporary Scottish playwrights portray young women as being liberated. They seem to be free of the burdens that were put on the older generation of women.”

Compare the men with the women in contemporary Scottish plays. Which of the sexes do you consider to be more powerful? You should illustrate your answer with reference to two or more plays that you have seen or read.

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Explain how Scottish playwrights use characters to convey social issues in their plays. You must refer to at least three characters. You should illustrate your answer with reference to at least two plays you have either seen or read.
  • Explain how two or more contemporary Scottish plays which you have either seen or read have helped you to understand one or more than one political issues.