If you are taking GCSE Performing Arts, you can find plenty of resources online to help your with your coursework and preparing your portfolio. As well as advice on how to make the most of your performance, you can also find some useful tips on pursuing a career in the creative industries, which will be very helpful if you want to continue with music, acting or other performing arts after your GCSEs.
1. The BBC’s Bitesize website has sections on Drama and Music that will be helpful if you are working on performances within either of these fields. You can read up on some of the strategies and ideas that actors and musicians have used, and get some useful tips and checklists that you can use for your own performances. There are a few older pages around the BBC website that can also give advice on performing in dance, drama and music.
2. If you are a dancer, the Open University’s Dance Skills resource could provide you with some useful tips to improve your performance. It includes some advice on safe dance technique as well as some tips on how to improve your posture and balance. You can also learn more about the skills that make a performance more effective, and complete an activity that will help you to see hoe important skills such as musicality, timing and expression can be.
3. If you are focusing on drama, you can find some useful performance tips online. The Raindance Film Festival has a good guide to the main methods used by actors, including those advocated by Stanislavski and Chekhov. The Guardian’s acting performance guide and the Beginners Guide to Acting might also be useful.
4. If you are focusing on music, the Vocalist website offers some useful resources to help you to create an effective performance, with some tips on choosing material and boosting your confidence that will apply even if you are not a singer. The Guardian’s guide to singing in performance could also be useful.
5. Many websites provide resources that can help you to learn more about careers in specific areas of the performing arts and the opportunities that are available to your during and after your GCSEs. The Council for Dance Education and Training is a good place to seek advice if you are a dancer, while if you are an actor, the Drama UK website can has a series of articles covering the skills that you might want to learn, as well as advice on pursuing further study. You might also be interested in the National Youth Theatre, which recruits 14-25 year olds for its productions.
6. Other websites offer general advice on developing your performing arts skills or working in the creative industries. You can find some useful advice on various roles at the Creative Skillset Website, or browse articles and send in your own questions for the experts on the Creative and Cultural Skills site. You can also join a creative community on ideastap, where you will not only find tips and advice that could help you to improve your performances, but also regular competitions and opportunities for training. The National Careers Service also has some useful pages on different careers in the performing arts. As well as helping you to understand the importance of different roles, many of these job descriptions also have links to training and work experience opportunities, as well as to resources that can help you to work on your GCSE performances.
7. Equity is the union that helps to protect the rights of performing artists who are working in the UK. If you go on to have a career in this field, you will probably want to become a member at some point, and even if you don’t work as a professional performer, you can still find some useful resources for young performers on their website.
8. Plenty of creative industries have their own trade magazines and news sites, which can be valuable resources if you are studying Performing Arts at GCSE. The Stage and Variety are both good examples, and they cover many of the performing arts, with a particular emphasis on film and theatre.