Wednesday 11th November

*please note that this week’s homework is due a day earlier this week to tie in with our English lesson on Wednesday. This will give the children the knowledge needed.

We will be looking at play scripts and the children will be asked to write a play script linked to our work on Macbeth. We would like the children to write a list of features found in a play script and give an example of each. They may like to think about:
Stage directions
Signalling who speaks
Importance of dialogue
Lighting/ props and setting
Dialogue to show character
Face to audience

What won’t be found? Can you write a ‘trash can’ of things that wouldn’t ?

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  1. Features of a Playscript
    Action (All in Brackets)
    Present Tense
    No Speech Marks
    New Speech, New Line
    Three Acts (Act 1-Beggining, Act 2-Middle, Act 3-End)
    Capitals or Italics to Emphasise Words

  2. Play scripts features
    .list the characters
    .set the scene
    . Present tense
    . Stage directions how the characters are speaking and moving
    . Stage directions in brackets
    . Description move story on
    .new speaker new line
    . Colons (:) after characters names
    Scene: on the heath
    Characters: Macbeth, Banque , 3 haggis

    Macbeth: oh! Are thesis unearth like craters? (Loudly, getting out his sword)

    3 haggis: Macbeth thane of glares (smoothly, they look at Macbeth)

    Banque: how do they know you? ( wispeared)

    3 haggis: Macbeth thane of Cawdor (quietly)

  3. To make your play script a success you will need to…
    1. Firstly you will need to have a title for your play e.g Macbeth

    2. Next you will need to list the name of all the characters in the play and write a dialogue for each character.
    Lady Macbeth:
    Macbeth is a innocent person on the outside but on the inside he is a terrible person who does shocking deeds.
    Lady Macbeth does all the thinking and then manipulates Macbeth into doing terrible deeds.

    3. Thirdly you will need to set the scene that is appropriate for the scene. e.g
    (It was a inky and malevolent night and the wind is tearing down the trees as Macbeth and his friend enter the stage)

    4. Next you will need to write your script and write the characters name at the top of each line of speech in chronological order.
    “I have done the deed!”

    Lady Macbeth:
    “Why have you brought back the daggers!!”

    5. Now you will have to add in the stage directions between the pieces of speech.
    “I have done the deed!”
    (Lady Macbeth drops her mouth in horror and exits of stage left)

    6. Now you will need to make sure your play script has a clear beginning and end, make sure it has all the stage directions and all the speech in chronological order, and make sure that all the names at the top of the speech are in the right place.

    7.Next you will need to make sure all the names have colons after them and all the speech is in present tense.

    If you include all of those features your writing will be a successful play script.

  4. Stage Directions – [ Macbeth drops to the floor instantly]
    Tense – past tense – was,yesterday ,went and left – present tense – now, here. future tense – going , tomorrow and next.
    Props – fake swords , cauldron and fake blood , crown and fake scenery
    lighting – spotlight on main actor, flashing for lightning , different coloured lights for mood of the scene of the hags
    setting – trees lightning cauldron castle throne
    signalling who speaks -director could signal who speaks by making hand gesters .
    Dialogque to show character – if they are old they will show it e.g. hunched backs , crackly voice. it shows the characters personality – Macbeth – is a leader of the army of scotland – acting powerful also acting noble and strong

  5. You will need :
    A title
    Reported speech to move the story on and don’t forget new speaker new line.
    Stage directions.
    Names of who is speaking before that person speaks.
    Actions to indicate when a person needs to speak.
    Narration to describe the setting and move the story on.
    Narration to describe characters.
    Always face the audience.
    In brackets before a person speaks but after their name is written write a word that describes how that person said it .
    Lines that say a certain duration of time to wait un till the next line is said.
    You might have a key to say who is who.
    It will need to be like a play/movie constantly there needs to be speech.
    Some times names might be in BOLD writing and stage directions might be in italics.
    You always need the right punctuation.If it a question use a question mark and if it is something dramatic use an exclamation mark.

    You will not need:

    To make it like a story.
    There should never be a paragraph in a script .

  6. Play Scripts
    Stage directions
    For stage directions you would need to do as the person tells you to because if you don’t then you will be out.

    Face to audiences
    For Face to audiences you need to face them because they need to see what you are doing and how you are doing it

    Props and setting
    Props are something for using E.G using a sword to kill someone. Setting means that you set the scene and you make the scene very important because it has to set the see to tell you if it is night or day.


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