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  1. The Acting Area National Four/Five Drama Created by L McCarry

  2. The Acting Area The acting area is that part of the available space occupied by the set and used by the actors when acting. Created by L McCarry

  3. The Acting Area Staging is the position of the acting area relative to the audience. Created by L McCarry

  4. The Acting Area Areas of the stage indicate the division of the acting area into nine sections. The allocation of left and right is taken from the point of view of the actor. Created by L McCarry

  5. The Acting Area Audience U.S.C U.S.R U.S.L C.S.R C.S C.S.L D.S.L D.S.C D.S.R Created by L McCarry

  6. The Acting Area Set is the scenery and furniture on the acting area indicating the setting. To dress the set is to add soft furnishings and set props. Created by L McCarry

  7. The Acting Area A ground plan is a bird’s eye view of the set, showing furniture, entrances/exits and the position of the audience. Created by L McCarry

  8. The Acting Area The following should be evident in any ground plan: • a delineation of the acting area (Drawing the acting area shape) • position of audience • entrances/exits • the viability of the set • an indication of scale • a key Created by L McCarry

  9. The Acting Area A delineation of the acting area indicates the boundaries of the acting area. This is the shape to draw to represent this: Created by L McCarry

  10. The Acting Area The position of audience may be indicated simply by the word ‘audience’ in the appropriate place(s). There is no need for drawings. Audience Created by L McCarry

  11. The Acting Area The entrances/exitscan be indicated by a door symbol where a door flat would actually be used: OR by arrows when walls/doors are imaginary or do not exist: Created by L McCarry

  12. The Acting Area The viability of the set: Sightlines must be considered, the set must allow actors to move around the acting area, entrances/exits must be clear and the audience must be able to see the action and actors. Created by L McCarry

  13. The Acting Area Indication of scale refers to the relative proportions of items on the set and the amount of acting area they occupy. NB. Exact measurements are not required. Created by L McCarry

  14. The Acting Area The key The following items should only be represented by the undernoted symbols. Symbols for any other items may be designed, and should be clearly explained in the key. NOW test yourself to see if you can identify the ground plan symbols correctly. Write these down on paper then check your answers at the end. Created by L McCarry

  15. The Acting Area What is this ground plan symbol? Created by L McCarry

  16. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  17. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  18. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  19. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? ~~~~~~~ Created by L McCarry

  20. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  21. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  22. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  23. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  24. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  25. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  26. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Created by L McCarry

  27. The Acting Area Now check the correct answers on the following slides. At the end you will find some revision questions on The Acting Area to complete. Created by L McCarry

  28. The Acting Area What is this ground plan symbol? Sofa Created by L McCarry

  29. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Chair Created by L McCarry

  30. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Window Flat Created by L McCarry

  31. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Table Created by L McCarry

  32. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? ~~~~~~~ Curtain Created by L McCarry

  33. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Flat Created by L McCarry

  34. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Rostrum Created by L McCarry

  35. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Door Flat Created by L McCarry

  36. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Backcloth Created by L McCarry

  37. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Treads Created by L McCarry

  38. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Gauze Created by L McCarry

  39. The Acting Area What does this ground plan symbol represent? Entrance/Exit Created by L McCarry

  40. The Acting Area Revision Questions Answer the following revision questions on paper or in WORD and email to your teacher for marking. Created by L McCarry

  41. The Acting Area Revision Questions • Which area of the stage is nearest the audience? • What does U.S.L actually stand for? • Draw your acting area. Add the following requirements onto your ground plan stage areas to represent a ‘Waiting Room.’ Place a table C.S, draw three chairs C.S.R and two chairs C.S.L. Use arrows to represent an Entrance/Exit U.S.L and a Door Flat as an Entrance/ Exit U.S.R. Draw a reception table U.S.C, behind which draw a Window Flat. Finally draw Curtains at the edge of the acting area on both D.S.R and D.S.L. • Create your own ACRONYM (Short form) for remembering the elements that have to be on ground plan. • Draw a ground plan for the most recent stimulus drama you have created. • Draw another ground plan this time for a house. This should include an upstairs. You should also use Gauze or a Backcloth, a Curtain, Rostrum, Window Flat and a Sofa as well as the other necessary requirements you would normally include on your ground plan. Created by L McCarry

  42. Well Done You have now completed revision on The Acting Area. NOW evaluate your understanding: If you require more help inform your teacher and refer to your Revision Booklet. Red- still struggling Amber -understand some of this revision Green- fully understand Created by L McCarry