SSABSA Support Materials: dram-tl-039.doc, last updated 20 January 2006
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Stage 2 Drama
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Make up and Hair Designer’s Checklist
Chronological task list
The checklist below is based on a 12 week production period, with 11 weeks of pre-production and 1
week of performance.
*Discussion/ Communication/Negotiation can include
Verbal discussion substantiated by individual personal notes; written notations (journal, notebook and
Week 1 – Reading and discussion of text
Read through plays/choose play
Establish production journal, folder or workbook. This needs to your personal method
of record keeping and archiving their process throughout the production period.
Discuss the general themes and ideas contained within the text with the director and
Week 2 - Casting
As make-up and hair designer you are dealing with genre/ style; period both cultural
and political; patterns; rhythm; shapes; textures and colour to try to create representations of each
character in this text. Examine each character’s words, actions, the stage directions and subtext of the
play. Record these ideas in your journal.
Compile a list of literal references to make-up and hair from the stage directions and
characters lines with page numbers so you can refer to them quickly. This doesn’t mean you must
follow them but you must think about why the playwright has included them. You should also note
any references to age so that you can address these.
Create a character breakdown examining each scene and its intention. Also include
which characters are in each scene. This can be shared and discussed with other offstage members and
director. Record the page number each scene starts on so that you can find these in a hurry. This will
give you a whole picture of characters you will need to solve.
Discuss rehearsal times; bump in/ production week/bump out schedules and general
time management of t