General - General Tech

All technical candidates need to be organised. The best piece of advice for you is to get a folder and a set of dividers so that you can break up the task and know exactly what you have to do to be part of the group's creative discussion. You should help the group when they are directing a performance piece so that you can become the audience's eye. While the work is being created, always keep notes so that you know of any changes you might have to do for the final performance. Before the performance, you will be expected to present a short presentation that will be recorded. Remember to state which skills you have used and how they will help the atmosphere of the performance.


To be successful

Advice or tips to help you


· Be organised

· Keep your folders tidy; you will automatically be more organised

· Get a clean ring binder folder to organise your work and dividers so that you know what is in each section. Keep a clear record of all tasks so that you can show your creative ideas being developed.


· Have discussions with the director/teacher

· Talk to the director, as you are part of a team

· Listen to the director's vision for the piece so that your work matches that of the group.

· Create minutes of your meetings.

· Make a mood board or sound clips that could help explain your ideas.

· Plan for one meeting a week to keep in touch with the work that the group are creating.


· Have a plan of your design

· Show progression by having more than one design

· Make clear drawings or lists of what you intend to do help your planning.

· Have more than one idea on how you think your technical skills could be developed.


· Know your equipment

· Ensure that you know how your equipment works

· Make sure that you can use the equipment before you decide to do the technical examination. There is a minimum requirement that you have to do for this exam - check that you have all the equipment that you need.

· Check that everything works and that it is PAT tested for safety if needed.


· Use clear notes/ annotation on your work

· Ensure that your drawings are clear

· Messy drawings will not show your work off well. Writing all over your work can also be confusing.

· You might need to give your drawings to someone else to give advice on the technical elements. Take your time to make them as clear as possible. Use pencil in the first instance before you create the final versions for your drawings or cue sheets, then make a new plan rather than changing the one that you have already made.


· Work to deadlines

· Plan when to do things, otherwise it affects the performers in the group

· All tech needs to happen before the performance so you need to be ready. Having a clear timetable will ensure you know your deadlines. Remember that you need to be ready for the dress run or tech run, not the examination date. If you think that you won't hit the deadline, tell someone as soon as possible so that you don't let anyone down.


· Have a tech run

· Ensure everything works before the tech run

· Make sure that you have everything you need the day before; again you can make small changes then if necessary. All technical requirements should be ready for the run.

· Following the tech run, make notes on what you need to change before the exam. This will make everyone feel more confident about their role in the performance.


· Be creative

· Use your own creative ideas, not ones copied from anyone else

· Do more than one version of your design to be as creative as possible.

· Look at professional work to give you some creative ideas as a starting point. By doing more than one version, it gives a chance to really show off your creative ideas.

· Your piece needs to match what is happening on stage. So make sure that all your technical skills fit into what the group will be performing.