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Year 12 - Drama - Prescribed Structures 2019

The Toy

Character: The Toy

"They are all still relevant"


The film Toy Story, directed by John Lasseter

Performance focus

Create a solo performance based on the Toy – one of the toy characters from the film Toy Story. On the eve of Andy’s 13th birthday, his toys hold an emergency meeting in his bedroom. The optimistic Toy tries to allay the other toys’ fears that they will be made obsolete by a new birthday present and tries to convince them that they are all still relevant. The Toy does this by:

  • recreating moments that show the arrival of Buzz Lightyear and the adventures that led to him being accepted by the other toys
  • demonstrating how the new birthday present may have an impact on the toys’ relationships with Andy
  • showing how three or more toys created temporary fads or crazes over time.

Performance style:   Eclectic with aspects of physical theatre​

Eclectic theatre draws on a range of performance styles to devise performances that go beyond the reality of life as it is lived. It juxtaposes a number of performance styles to make dramatic statements and theatre that is innovative, transformational and creative. Eclectic theatre is devised with a specific purpose and intention for the audience. Eclectic theatre draws on drama traditions and practice including:

  • ritual and storytelling
  • contemporary drama practice and performance styles
  • the work of drama practitioners and associated performance styles
  • a combination of any of the above.

Physical theatre is a style of performance that pursues storytelling through physical means. The primary focus is on the physical work of the actor through the use of the body. It is a highly visual form of theatre. Physical theatre is exemplified by:

  • use of mime/dance
  • use of acrobatics/circus skills
  • visual theatre.


Toy Story movie

Mr Boon's Notes