New solo Theatre Piece

First Assessment May 2024

 The Solo Theatre Piece is an External Assessment for IB Theatre                                         Weighting: HL ONLY 35%

The Basics

Student Participation ~ This is an Individual created assessment where the student is called to create a performance from the multiple perspectives of creator, director, designer and/or performer.

Students research a theatre theorist they have not previously studied, identify an aspect(s) of their theory and create, stage, and present a solo theatre piece (4–7 minutes) to an audience that demonstrates the practical application of the aspect(s) of theory.

Written Portion: A report (2,500 (1000+750+750) words maximum) - A list of all primary and secondary sources cited. - A continuous unedited video recording of the whole solo theatre piece (lasting 4–7 minutes maximum).

Video Requirements:  The full performance of the solo theatre piece must be captured in a video recording that is submitted for assessment (lasting 4-7 minutes). This must be a continuous, single- camera, unedited record and must capture the full presentation of the piece from the best vantage point possible. The video recording device must not be switched off during the performance.

Starting Point:  Research on an unfamiliar theatre theorist,  a specific theory presented by that theorist, with a focus on the theorist's overarching intentions (which may be theatrical, social, political, philosophical, and so on.

Type of Research:  Research into a theorist or theory - a range of primary and secondary sources is expected.

The Role of the Theatre Journal:
  • The journal can. be a place where theatre theory is analyzed as well ass provide a means to capture the development of a solo piece of theatre. 
  • A visual/film record of the development of a solo theatre piece is not only a wonderful way of recording the process of developing the piece of theatre but also provides the solo performer with the opportunity to view themselves and their work. 
  • It provides them with an "outside eye" to help evaluate the extent to which the work they are making is fulfilling their theatre maker intentions and the extent to which their chosen aspect of theatre is visible or discernible
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