Extended Essay Ib Theatre Ipp

The Extended Essay in Theatre: A Guide

Here is some information and a guide to what I (and the IBO) expect from you in order to complete an excellent EE. To undertake an EE in Theatre is a lot of work; as there is no right or wrong answer with many of the theatre theories, world practices and traditions that exist. You must be prepared to consider a very wide range of sources and be creative in your approach to this. If you want to find “the answer” or black and white information in a book, then an EE in Theatre is not for you.

Miss Reed´s Expectations:

  • You meet deadlines, it is better for me to have something to mark than nothing
  • You collate research EARLY on and you are creative in finding a wide variety of research, from different sources.
  • YOU have to be passionate about your topic and question. I will not suggest questions or topics for you, what´s the point? It´s YOUR EE and the expectation is that you have found something you are really interested in.

The AIMS of the Extended Essay are to provide the student with the opportunity to:

  • Pursue independent research on a focused topic
  • Develop your own research and communication skills
  • Develop creative and critical thinking skills: do you question research, think about it in depth, and find out more research because a person or idea has interested you? You should not take research at face value and just accept it as “right”…what do YOU think?
  • Engage in a systematic process of research: HOW do you research, do you know how to effectively research, collate information and then select appropriate research….or do you just write down everything and include it?
  • Experience the excitement of intellectual discovery! If you choose your EE in Theatre, it is because you have a PASSION to discover something, to research an idea that you might have. Therefore, you need to come up with ideas at all times; YOU need to drive your work forward. Your supervisor is just your sounding board for advice and direction.

You are expected to:

  • Plan and pursue a research project with intellectual initiative and insight
  • Formulate a PRECISE research question
  • Gather and interpret (do you know what this means?) material from sources appropriate to Theatre and the topic
  • Acknowledge the sources in an appropriate academic way
  • Structure a reasoned argument in response to the research question-using your research to influence and base your argument on
  • Present your EE in a format appropriate to the subject
  • Use terminology and language appropriate to the subject of Theatre
  • Apply analytical and evaluative skills

Length and Word Count

The upper limit is 4000 words for all EE´s. This includes the introduction, the body, conclusion and any quotes but does NOT include:

  • The abstract
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents page
  • Maps, charts, diagrams, annotated illustration and tables
  • Equations, formulas and calculations
  • Citations/references
  • Footnotes or endnotes
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices

Essays containing more than 4000 words are subject to penalties and examiners are not required to even read material after the word limit.

Choice of Topic

  • Interdisciplinary approach in their theatre research
  • Essential to frame an appropriately focused research question
  • MUST have application of relevant theatrical concepts, theorists or ideas
  • The topic should reflect the students particular interest and enthusiasm within the subject areas
  • Title of the essay should clearly indicate the essays main aims and objectives
  • A connection between theory and its application in practice should be clearly noted
  • Absolute reliance on textbooks and websites is discouraged and no EE in theatre should be solely based on either
  • EE´s based on original research (do you know what this is?) require a more personal involvement
  • A high quality bibliography of creative and wide ranging research sources is the foundation of a great EE in Theatre
  • EE´s based entirely on published textbooks do not score highly


TITLE: An investigation into the functions of mask in two of Zeami Motokiyo´s plays.

RESEARCH QUESTION: What are the main uses and types of mask in Noh drama, and how does the mask contribute to the creation of a character in Noh?

APPROACH: Relevant research materials are collected on the history, acting styles and stage conventions of Noh, and on the types of mask and their uses. The use of mask in two of Motokiyo´s plays and the significance of mask for character development in these plays is analysed, and the uses are compared and contrasted.

TITLE: Female stereotypes and their performance in a selection of Brecht´s plays.

RESEARCH QUESTION: What female stereotypes did Brecht employ in his plays, and how can these be compared and contrasted in performance, based on an analysis of a selection of Brecht´s plays?

APPROACH: Relevant research materials are collected on the types and nature of female stereotypes Brecht used in his plays. Theses stereotypes are explored in relation to the chosen play´s themes and context and are compared and contrasted by examining how they may have worked in production. The possible changes in the fundamental nature and working of these plays if the use of female roles were changed are explored.

TITLE: An examination of Soyinka´s use of rhythm in acting, based on an in-depth exploration of a Soyinka play.

RESEARCH QUESTION: How did Soyinka use language rhythms in his plays and how may these rhythms be applied in production.

APPROACH: Relevant research materials are collected on Soyinka´s use of language in playwriting. The language rhythms used in Soyinka´s plays are analysed in depth by investigating the character´s use of language rhythms in one Soyinka play. The way these rythms can change/contribute to the play´s meanings, character development and relationships between different characters in the chosen play is examined.

The Assessment Criteria

Criterion A: Research Question

The 2003 EE Report for Theatre states:
“Criterion A Research question
It cannot be over-emphasized how absolutely crucial the framing of the Research Question is. There are always many essays in which one can see what must have been a real and manageable topic, which has been diverted by a badly phrased RQ into a history or literature, or even unanswerable, endeavor…”

Criterion B: Introduction

Criterion C: Investigation

Criterion D: Knowledge and Understanding

Criterion E: Reasoned argument

Criterion F: Application of analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject

Criterion G: Use of language appropriate to the subject

Criterion H: Conclusion

Criterion I: Formal Presentation

Criterion J: Abstract

Criterion K: Holistic judgement

Treatment of Topic

  1. Firstly remember that whatever topic you choose, it CANNOT be a duplication of anything you have done in Theatre class.
  2. When  the R.Q has been established, the student should make a research plan
  3. The research plan should be flexible enough to allow the student to explore the topic in a creative manner
  4. The student should not be afraid to take risks throughout the research process: originality is encouraged, as is the employment of a number of different research models.
  5. The emphasis of the EE should always be on the development from research to a sound argument. It must be explored IN DEPTH…you must have covered every avenue of exploration.
  6. You MUST use primary and secondary data such as books, newspapers (archives are great) and magazines, interviews, web sites.
  7. The use of sketches, drawings, pictures, plans, photos, CDs, DVDs is encouraged but should not overwhelm the essay or replace research. It should merely support and expand.
  8. The IBO can tell instantly a EE that has been self motivated and led by the student as passion and commitment will be evident.
  9. The use of primary sources such as play texts and productions is highly encouraged.
  10. The research outcomes should always link with a practical exploration. I.e Research into use of mask in Noh Theatre and then explains how in the play “Sunrise Suns” it is applied-this is done to back a point up.


  • www.abebooks.com Out of print, second hand theatre books, scripts, worldwide etc
  • National Library UK: Great for archives, info
  • University Teachers: They are all specialists in their field. Find out WHO in the world is an expert in whatever you are doing and then phone them, email them, visit them, BUG THEM until they give you some info that can either help your research develop or also provide you with source material
  • ISTA: There are free resources online
  • Contact other Theatre students from the ISTA workshops and ask them what they are doing. Start a “buddy” scheme with them.

Self assessment sheet for the Extended Essay

AResearch Question2The research question is clearly stated and focused
BIntroduction2The context of the research question is clearly explained/ justified. The introduction explains the significance of the topic and why it is worthy of explanation
CInvestigation4An imaginative range of sources / data has  been used (primary and secondary?). Relevant material selected. The investigation is well planned
DKnowledge and understanding of topic4Essay shows very good knowledge and precisely locates the investigation in an academic context (current knowledge about topic as shown in journals, newspapers, etc)
EReasoned argument4Ideas are clearly presented and in a logical sequence. The essay succeeds in developing a reasoned and convincing argument in relation to research question
FApplication of analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject4The essay shows effective and sophisticated application of appropriate analytical and evaluative skills
GUse of language appropriate to the subject4The language used communicates clearly and precisely. Terminology appropriate to the subject is used accurately with skills and understanding
HConclusion2An effective conclusion is clearly stated, relevant to the research question and consistent with the evidence presented in the essay. It should include unresolved questions where appropriate
IFormal presentation4Formal presentation is excellent and includes: title page, contents, page numbers, figures, quotations, references, citations and bibliography and possibly appendices. The essay does not exceed 4000 words!
JAbstract2Must state research question, how the investigation was undertaken, and the conclusions
KHolistic judgement4Opportunity to assess the qualities of the essay that distinguish it from an average one. Credit given for initiative, creativity, depth.

Grade boundaries

30 – 3625 – 2917 – 249 – 160 – 8

ТРАНСТЕКСТ ежедневно без проблем взламы-вает эти шифры. Для него все шифры выглядят одинаково, независимо от алгоритма, на основе которого созданы. - Не понимаю, - сказала.  - Мы же говорим не о реверсии какой-либо сложной функции, а о грубой силе. PGP, Lucifer, DSA - не важно.

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