Describe a performance you recently watched

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a performance you recently watched.

You should say:
What it was?
When you watched it?
Who you were with?
Why you watched it and how you felt about it?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

You can speak about different types performances that you watched :

  • Music concerts: by a band or classical music recital
  • Play/drama
  • Dance
  • Circus
  • Comedy show
  • Magic show
  • Stand up comedy
  • Fashion show

Model answer 1:

Introduction :

Well, I have watched many stunning performances. Though, most of the time I have enjoyed these performances on television but would like to take this opportunity to about a performance that I enjoyed personally. Actually, to welcome the year 2020, the city council decided to organize a celebration.

Where and when you watched ?

The celebration took place in the biggest park in my city, and thousands of city dwellers attended this event. The park was beautifully decorated with thousands of lights, and for the entertainment of the guest’s popular Punjabi singer, Diljit was invited. He gave an outstanding performance.

Who you were with?

I attended the event with my friends, and it was for the very first time in my life I attend a live concert.

About :

A huge stage that was set up for the singer to give his performance a very high-quality sound system was installed. It was around 9 pm the concert started, and Diljit got on to the stage along with his group. Each and every member was wearing traditional Punjabi outfits, and they were looking elegant started singing a few of his very popular songs that the audience really enjoyed.

How you felt about it?

I must say that his performance was extremely lively. He was interacting with the crowd thorough out the performance and also singing songs as per the demand of the audience.

Conclusion :

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get on to the stage and dance with Diljit, during this time also clicked a selfie with him that I late posted on my social networking accounts.

Model answer 2:

Introduction :

  • I get plenty of opportunities to attend live performances, and I’d like to talk to you about a show I attended just about two weeks back. Mime is a theatrical technique in which the story is narrated only through body movements and facial expressions.
  • In other words, artists communicate without uttering a single word.
  • I can say this performance left me totally spellbound.

Where and when you watched ?

  • The show was held in the local art centre, and it was performed by a mime team from a nearby college.

Who you were with?

  • I attended the show with my college friends.

About :

  • There were about eight artists, and when they came on stage, they were all wearing black t-shirts and black trousers and had their faces painted white.
  • The act was about the importance of saving water. And for the next twenty minutes, the artists portrayed the various ways that people wastewater in their day to day life.
  • There were no stage settings, background arrangements or props for the show. The artists themselves became the props.
  • It was intriguing to watch how they transformed themselves into different objects through postures and movements.
  • For example, two of them went down on all fours, and they became a car. Another sat on top and became the driver.
  • In the next instant, they rearranged themselves to form a tree. They moved about the stage quickly and confidently showcasing their ideas.
  • And everything was expressed so clearly that the audience did not have any trouble understanding the message.

  How you felt about it?

  • For the first time, I had an experience of `actions speaking louder than words’.
  • I was thoroughly impressed by the performance, and I feel this technique is a wonderful and highly expressive form of art, and it needs great acting skills and talent.

Conclusion :

  • The show was not only riveting but also thought-provoking and managed to get across a very strong message about saving water.

Vocabulary :

Riveting– extremely interesting

Posture– the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting

Props– an object used by the actors performing in a play or film

Spellbound– having your attention completely held by something, so that you cannot think about anything else

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a performance you recently watched”.

1. What Is the difference between viewing the operation live and viewing it on TV?

Watching live performance and viewing it on TV has its own benefits.

Watching a live show:

  • Much more enjoyable
  • We are with the crowd. The  atmosphere is full of energy and excitement People singing along, stage, spotlight, sound altogether gives a very exhilarating experience
  • Opportunity to meet our idols, take selfies with them or get autograph

Watching a program on TV has its own perks

  • We don’t have to face hassles  of buying tickets, going to the venue, standing in queue etc.,
  • We can sit back in the convenience of our home, relax and enjoy the program.

2. Is learning drama or dancing helpful for kids?

Yes, Because it has many benefits. Such as,

  • They help in the physical, mental and emotional well being of the students
  • They help students to relax, are be an antidote for stress
  • Help improve academic performance
  • Fosters creativity, imagination, critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills
  • Helps children identify their innate talents

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