Following on from physical theatre work, students will now experiment with their physicality skills using masks in order to focus attention on conveying meaning through non verbal techniques.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: know the 7 states of tension; be able to change movement to create characters,; be able to state why real props are necessary in mask work.

Most students will be able to: demonstrate the 7 states of tension; change their body language to suit a character; pass the focus to others in their group; use mask and unmasked characters in a devised scene.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to: use hot seating to create a back story for characters; evaluate the work of other groups and the effectiveness of their own mask work.

Key Assessments

This unit is assessed by teacher, self and peer assessments. The end performance is filmed so that students can watch themselves. This allows them to set targets for the next unit.

How to help your child

Parents could encourage their child to recall the work on physical theatre in order to consider how to communicate meaning and emotion through non verbal techniques.