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Drama Class 10 ICSE CISCE Topics and Syllabus

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100.00 Drama as Art

Six questions shall be set in this Section. Candidates will be required to evaluate and analyse material as part of a drama process. Resource material would be provided in each question in the form of extracted pieces from plays, themes, situations or printed visual sequences. The resource materials are expected to form stimuli that would be used by candidates to answer the question. Answers can be in the form of a written commentary and may be accompanied by sketches, diagrams and notes as required. Candidates would be permitted to creatively add dialogue to the stimuli provided for each question.

Candidates will be expected to have an appreciation of the following elements:

1. Use of people, space and conflict in drama.

2. The function of the director.

3. The actor – basic technique (Stage positions; Body positions used by actors - in relation to the audience and to other actors; Turns and gestures; Movement and approaches; Entering and exiting; Handling of properties), body, voice and role.

4. The stage – its various parts and different types of staging (proscenium arch theatre, central staging, street theatre, folk theatre, puppetry).

5. Composition, picturisation, movement, rhythm, dramatisation.

6. Literature: no specific texts are prescribed, but candidates need to have studied some extracted pieces as examples, which may include Pygmalion, Galileo, A Doll’s House, Antigone and improvise

200.00 Technical Aspects of Drama

Four questions shall be set in this Section. Candidates will be expected to have working knowledge of the technical skills used by directors, actors, and designers (sets, costumes, make-up, lighting and sound). Questions will be set using resource material as a basis for technical design – candidates will be permitted to use sketches, notes and diagrams as part of their answers.

Candidates will be expected to have an appreciation of the following elements:

1. Use of the stage and emphasis through set design, positions, compositions and movement; Blocking and its relation to the composition.

2. The production process; Rehearsals.

3. Equipment - from auditorium to backstage; Sets (including parts of stage equipment used in a set); Properties.

4. Lighting and sound – equipment and design.

5. Costumes and make-up (including design).

6. Stage management.

7. Different types of staging (as given in Section A) and their effect on technical aspects of a production.

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