A good starting point when looking at Stanislavski techniques to develop students belief in their characters is the following exercise:-
− Individual exercise - students sit in a space and close their eyes. The W/Shop Leader takes them through the following questions which the students respond to in their head initially as their character from the text/ fairy tale, using their imagination:-
− Who are you?
− What is your name?
− How old are you?
− Where do you come from?
− What do you want?
− Why do you want this?
− Where are you going?
− What will you do when you get there?
§ Teacher - countdown from 10 to 1.
§ Students mime being in a place that is appropriate for their character to be in. Ask the students to consider – 'if I were there, what would I be thinking?' and 'if I were my character, what would I be thinking?' This is the 'Magic If' theory.
§ Teacher says 'freeze'.
§ Teacher thought taps several students.