B4 - GROUP ACTING EXAMINATIONS
Purpose of the Qualification
Group Acting Examinations are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate a dramatic text, in an ensemble, to an audience.
Broad Objectives of the Examinations

-Interpretative skills
Explore style, form, character, subtext and context in order to realise the specific demands of the text.
Suspend disbelief by focusing on the immediacy of the situation in order to create a credible sense of
reality.

-Technical skills
Communicate audibly and clearly as a group in order to convey the material appropriately.
Stage the performance according to the demands of the text.

-Interactive skills
Create relationships between characters.
Share responsibility for the performance in order to communicate as an ensemble.

Examination Content
The group must perform from memory a scene, or sequence of scenes from the same play of their own
choice. The play title and author must be announced prior to the performance. Please refer to Repertoire
Guidelines and Regulations.
The group may also choose to use music and/or sound effects (live or recorded) but they must provide
and operate their own sound equipment.
Goup Acting examination 1. A scene
(minute)
2.Sequence of scenes(minute) Total Time allowance
( minute)
Entry Level 4-5 - 10
Level 1 1 5-10 - 15
2
3
Level 2 4 10-15 20
5
Level 3 6 15-20 25
7
8
Repertoire Guidelines and Regulations
Goup Acting examination Entry Level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Selected scene The scene must be selected from a published play or screenplay, a published collection of scenes or be adapted from the dialogue of a published novel.
Any published translation of non-English language texts is acceptable.
The content The content of the selected scene must be simple and straightforward, relating to familiar subjects and contexts, real or imagined. The content of the selected scene may go beyond easily recognisable events and stories so that candidates
can begin to explore emotions, moods and atmosphere outside their immediate experience (e.g. imagined people and places, other periods).
The selected scene(s) must enable the group to engage with complex emotions and universal themes.
The language The language of the selected scene must be simple and accessible, with vocabulary and sentence structure that conveys meaning clearly and unambiguously. The language of the selected scene must contain a variety of expressive vocabulary and offer some opportunity for interpretative choices. The language of the selected scene(s) must contain some subtlety in vocabulary and syntax so that there are opportunities for a variety of approaches and interpretative choices. The content and language of the selected scene(s) must be technically challenging e.g. in terms of vocal range and dexterity.
General Notes and Regulations
The group must consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of ten learners.
All learners in the group must speak some dialogue.
Learners may not enter for more than one group examination of the same subject at the same grade.
Prompters are not permitted. Examiners may prompt at their discretion.
Full costume must not be worn. Long practice skirts, which allow freedom of movement, may be used
together with small items such as scarves, hats, shawls, gloves, canes etc. Hand props are permitted but
must be kept to a minimum. Real knives or other weapons are not permitted.
Learners may use recorded music and/or sound effects but must provide their own sound equipment. No unauthorised person will be allowed to be present during the examination and therefore the group must
operate their own sound equipment.
Any time taken for changes and the setting or striking of props must be included in the time of the scene.
The examiner reserves the right to halt scenes that exceed the stipulated time allowance.
Hairstyles must not obscure the face and shoes must not hinder movement. Suitable shoes must be worn for all scenes unless the character portrayed is bare-foot. Nudity is not permitted.
Learners must bring legible copies of selections for the examiner.
Learners must not present the same scene for more than one examination.
Speeches which are directly addressed to an audience must not be focused solely on the examiner; however the examiner should be included in the wider imagined audience.
Although the use of accent/dialect is not compulsory, the style and intent of the playwright should be taken into consideration in the interpretation of a role.
The group will receive a written examination report: there will be no oral feedback after the performance.