Crea Shakthi School of Drama

General Information

Guidelines for the examinations:

  1. Candidates are requested to arrive at the scheduled exam centre atleast 1 hour before the time provided for the examination
  2. Candidates are awarded marks for the range of performance skills they display. When “contrasting” scenes or extracts are required, candidates are encouraged to select pieces, with their trainer’s help, that provide them with opportunity to display as wide range of skills as possible.
  3. When performing, Candidates must project their voices to fill whatever space is available to an imagined audience, of which the examiner is but a part.
  4. Play extracts should be performed “on stage” particularly in respect of focus, sight lines, positioning, movement and engagement with an imagined audience.
  5. Play extracts may be given with or without costume, scenery, lighting properties or other staging devices. Candidates will not be given additional credit for performing with such devices. Any props or furniture must be setup and removed within the total time limit allowed for the examination.
  6. Female candidates may play male roles and vice versa. However, candidates must ensure that their performances do not become physical or vocal caricatures of members of the opposite gender.
  7. All members of the group must be given opportunities to make positive contributions to the performance, although it is recognized that the contributions may not be equal in substance or duration. Scenes or extracts in which one performer dominates the stage throughout should be avoided.
  8. Each scene should be introduced by the candidates before the performance, who should give a brief outline of the characters, setting & context.
  9. Play extracts maybe edited and subsidiary characters removed to create scenes suitable for performance as long as the overall structure, sense & dramatic development remain clear.
  10. Groups entered for group – Drama scripts and Plays in production must provide a copy of the entire play(s) to be performed or from which the excerpts are drawn. Hand written scripts will not be accepted.
  11. There is no discussion element in group examinations. However, examiners may engage in some informal conversation before and/or after the performance in order to create a supportive atmosphere and enhance the flow of the examination.
  12. It may be possible for a live audience to be present for some group performances and foundation, intermediate and advanced performance certificates as long as their presence does not impede the running of the examination session.

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