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 for performance. Continue reading Simple steps to help younger students create a character
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
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.
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 stage. This not only includes the positioning of the actors … Continue reading Rehearsal Strategies for Use of Space
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 short pieces to help explore characters or scenarios. But these … Continue reading Five top tips for Devising Theatre