Sidecoaching is an act through of the play rather than a read through of the play. It is a really useful way of helping students learn not just the plot of the play but also the characters, their motivations and the underlying themes of the play. Continue reading Sidecoaching with The Tempest
Find success in working with scripts by establishing and embedding routines into your Drama lessons and your students working Drama vocabulary.
This routine will help your students make stronger connections between the text they are reading and performance of it. It will help them develop a deeper and fuller understanding of the importance of text work to help them know the importance of structure, character and dialogue. Continue reading Rehearsing with a script – establishing a routine for analysing text.
It is important that we think about manipulating our pace of voice when developing characters for a performance. A character’s pace should reflect their mental and emotional state. As your character goes through their journey in the play, the pace of your voice should change and reflect that journey. Here is a great rehearsal exercise to help achieve that. Continue reading Rehearsing Pace of Voice
For a long time, drama games and warm ups have been a staple of Drama. But can they justify their existence in the face of evidence supporting knowledge rich curriculum. I think metacognition can help us find a place for them in modern Drama Curriculum. Continue reading Drama Games and Metacognition
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