Frantic Assembly in Drama
Frantic Assembly have been described as vibrant and visceral, exciting and energetic and creative and challenging and here are 3 quick and easy Frantic Assembly exercises you can use in your Drama lessons.
Simple steps to help younger students create a character
Students in Key Stage 2 and 3 may find it easier to take on a role and play with it, but many find it hard to take it to the next level and really get into character. So here are five suggestions of activities to help younger students to engage with creating a stronger character… Continue reading Simple steps to help younger students create a character
Monologues and how to make them!
A playlist of useful videos from YouTube, a mixture of great examples of student monologues and advice from others in the profession to help make your monologues fantastic. Continue reading Monologues and how to make them!
Whatever the genre, style or practitioner you are using, getting to know your character is key. Here is a collection of six blog posts that explore the process of characterisation and how it can help create strong characters ready for performance. Continue reading Characterisation Collection
Using Eye and Physical Contact as a rehearsal strategy.
These are not massive changes and they are not about learning loads of new information about a character. But they are more subtle changes and examine how a character is developed and communicated to an audience. Experimenting like this helps students to appreciate and understand their character at far greater depth. Continue reading Using Eye and Physical Contact as a rehearsal strategy.
Rehearsal Strategies for Use of Space
Use of Space and Proxemics are important but often underused terms. Especially when rehearsing or considering rehearsal techniques for preparing a performance. Although related to each other, they are actually two different things. The term Use of Space refers to the way in which the actor and director decides to use the space on the… Continue reading Rehearsal Strategies for Use of Space
Five top tips for Devising Theatre
Devising Theatre is daunting and when I was a Drama student I found it one of the most difficult elements of the course. As an adult theatre practitioner, it is something I rarely do. I do a lot of script work, I’ve worked in professional and amateur theatres with scripts. With that we might devise… Continue reading Five top tips for Devising Theatre
Jerzy Grotowski Theatre Links
Jerzy Marian Grotowski was an innovative Polish theatre director and theorist whose approaches to acting, training and theatrical production have significantly influenced theatre today. Continue reading Jerzy Grotowski Theatre Links
Four simple ways to explore Bertolt Brecht’s concept of distancing
Twenty years ago this year, I went to see what was for me, one of the most defining pieces of theatre that I have seen. I’m talking about The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht performed by Theatre de Complicite at the Royal National Theatre in London. For me it was an incredibly important performance because it came… Continue reading Four simple ways to explore Bertolt Brecht’s concept of distancing
6 Character Development Exercises to try
The Monologue In the role of your character, write, rehearse and prepare a 2-3 minute monologue that accurately portrays your character at a particular point in time within the play your studying / performing. Consider what the character is thinking and feeling at that moment. What are their fears, hopes, love and hates in life… Continue reading 6 Character Development Exercises to try
Theatre In Education Links
A fantastic place to start researching and finding out about Theatre In Education. Full of interesting and engaging links that will take you help you find out about this exciting genre of theatre. Continue reading Theatre In Education Links
Physical Theatre (Genre) Links
“Physical theatre is a genre of theatrical performance that pursues storytelling through primarily physical means. Several performance traditions all describe themselves as “physical theatre”, but the unifying aspect is a reliance on physical motion of the performers rather than or combined with text to convey the story. In basic sense, you talk through hand gestures, body language, thought… Continue reading Physical Theatre (Genre) Links
Brecht and Epic Theatre Links
Eugen Bertolt Friedrich Brecht (10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director of the 20th century. He made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter through the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble – the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife, long-time collaborator and actress Helene Weigel. (Wikipedia) Overview of Brecht The BBC Bitesize website has… Continue reading Brecht and Epic Theatre Links
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