Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Using Key Drama Forms to Structure the Exam Performance

      An exam performance is the part of the course where the students get a chance to show off what they have learnt on their course. They should be including key drama forms in their piece to add structure to it, to add tension and to help develop the storyline and characters. I recommend that 6-10 key drama forms are included in every piece. Some of these key drama forms include:-
o        Frozen Picture: Also called a Freeze Frame or Still Image. When we form a 3-dimensional image from our bodies. The action is frozen like a photograph. The image should tell the audience about the characters and the situation they are in.
o        Mime: When you act out a story line or situation through movement and gesture without the character speaking.
o        Narration: When one or more characters tell the story directly to the audience.
o        Essence Machine: A short machine-like piece of drama made up of vocal and physical elements that capture the essence of a particular theme or activity to help build tension.
o        Angel & Devil: When two actors play the roles of the Angel and the Devil, to show the audience the 'good' and 'bad' thoughts that a character is having about a problem that they have.
o        Duologue: An interaction of dialogue between two characters.
o        Voices in the Head: When several actors are used to express the thoughts of another character to show their inner torment/ dilemma and to help create tension.
o        Thought Tunnel: When a tunnel formation is created and a character walks down or along the tunnel, the other actors voice their thoughts.
o        Thought aloud: A character speaks a thought for the audiences benefit to show how they are really feeling about a situation or another character.
o        Aside: A character speaks a thought directly to the audience whilst the action is still taking place.
o        Split scene: Where one scene is split into 2 or more scenes and linked together either with speech, a sound, a gesture, a frozen image to show different moments that are taking place at the same time or to show different points of view.
o        Slow motion: When a particular moment is slowed down in order to emphasise its importance to the audience.                                                                                                                       

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