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Help Me With My OSP: The Blog

 
 
 
 
Download! The Positive Feedback Worksheet (Free)

A super quick post today to introduce my Positive Feedback Worksheet! As we’re getting closer to the exam period, a lot of classes are doing OSP work-in-progress showings. I’m a big fan of these, as I think the only way to get really impartial feedback about whether your OSP makes any sense is to perform for someone who doesn’t know anything about your OSP. The main snag we generally hit is that many people don’t know how to give useful feedback, and so there is often a lot of fear and resistance surrounding a work-in-progress performance. This is obviously not ideal.

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How to work with your friends to create the best OSP possible

I’ve waxed lyrical about why you should work in a group, but it’s important that you plan how you’re going to work together. Sounds silly and boring, right? You’ll just get together and see how everyone’s going, and then perform your monologues for each other so often.

Except no, you won’t. I know what will happen. You’ll say you’ll do that, but you’ll end up just chatting and then realising you have to go home and resolving to get more done the next time you meet. Even if you chat about your OSPs, chances are you won’t perform for each other. It’ll feel weird and you’ll make excuses and you won’t perform for each other until the week (or day) before your exam.

So please, don’t go down this path. This is the path of the average year 12. Not you. You’re not average. You’re exceptional. And because you’re exceptional, you’re going to make a PLAN.

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Sarah Guillot
Why you should work in a group to create your OSP

It might seem counter-intuitive to work in a group to create something that is supposed to be a SOLO, but working collaboratively has undeniable benefits. It’s why there are so many theatre collectives popping up everywhere in the industry: they know that working collaboratively produces superior theatre. It will work for you too, and here’s why:

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What the bleep is Dramaturgy?

Dramaturgy… that thing that your teacher might have mentioned but failed to explain in a way that actually makes sense.

There is a trend in schools at the moment to include a focus on dramaturgy as part of your classes. This is great, because it’s super important when you’re creating a new work – which you are, right now. The downside is that teachers don’t always know how to explain it, or they have a definition which conflicts with something you heard from someone else.

In the performance industry, dramaturgy means different things to different people. On any theatre production, a dramaturge can do any or all of the following things:

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How to Use the Positive Feedback Model

Part of Drama is learning to give feedback. Being in a critical role develops your awareness of what ‘works’ and what doesn’t, which in turn makes you better at creating great art. Practising this critical mindset is even more important when working on your OSP, because you need to always be analysing how you can improve your monologue and because you should be helping others by providing them with ideas about how they can improve.

However, when it comes to criticism, most people have never learned how to give useful feedback.

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3 Simple Tricks to Move Forward When You're Stuck

Over the next several weeks, you’ll be getting lots of ideas for your OSP. Depending on how your teacher likes to work, you might find yourself in the situation where you have too many ideas, and you’re not really sure how to sort through them all and pick the best ones. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re getting the cream of the crop.

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The Easiest Way to Make The Right Decisions for Your OSP

In my last post, I gave you a few practical tips to help you make decisions when you’re inundated with ideas (or maybe struggling to get any ideas at all). Let’s get more specific – what if you’re stuck – perhaps you’ve been given some feedback and you’re not sure whether you want to take it on board. Perhaps you’re mulling over a new idea but you’re not sure if you want to change what you already have. It’s easy to get caught up in all these little decisions and end up losing a lot of precious time. This is exactly what you don’t want! So you need a system for decision-making. 

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Sarah Guillot
5 Ways to Learn Your Lines - Super Fast

This is such an obvious topic, it almost feels not worth writing about… but I’m going to write about it due to the sheer number of students I see stuffing this bit up. You. Must. Know. Your. Lines. When I say ‘know’, I mean you should know them so well that you could recite them in your sleep. You should be able to recite them perfectly even if someone ran naked through the middle of your exam. After all, you never know what could happen on the day!

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