Drama Rehearsal Techniques

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Rehearsal Techniques
Freeze Frames/ Tableaux ­ To help with posture and positioning. To be able to define your
character with a position. To decide upon the focal point/ key to each scene or the play as a
Chorus/ Soundscape ­ Create atmosphere, envelope the audience with sound, create a
visceral reaction, present lines in an alternative way. Sound is often more powerful than
vision as we attach strong memories to particular sounds.
Proxemics ­ Character relationships and motivations.
Conscience Alley ­ To explore the Good and Evil within the character to better understand
their motivation or objective in a scene.
Shoaling/Flocking ­ A whole group forms together to create one character, to dissect the
characters inner thoughts and intentions. To improve ensemble scenes and physical theatre
Role Reversal ­ To explore the dynamics of relationships and power and status within a
Levels ­ To explore and establish status, hierarchy, power.
Off Text Improvisation ­ To have a better understanding of the character and see how
they would behave in alternative circumstances.
1-10 Exaggeration of Comedy ­ Know how to treat the comical scenes. To work on mime
and precision of movement.
Mime/ Silent Movie ­ To work on intricate and detailed movement.
Emotional Memory ­ Imagine a moment or event from your past in order to simulate the
same emotions on stage to make your performance real and gain a particular reaction from
the audience.
Abstract Theatre ­ Techniques such as "The Essence Machine" using your body to present
a physical representation of an emotion. To pinpoint the concept and style of acting of the
Forum Theatre ­ To create more in-depth characters, understand how they will be
presented, what they are really thinking and thus how you want the audience to react and
respond to them.
Passing the Mask ­ creating exaggerated theatre, reducing a character to their bare
element, identity raw emotion in the scene.
Clowning Techniques ­ To explore the circus theme and enhance slapstick comedy.

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Rehearsal Techniques
Speed Run/Play in a Minute ­ To confirm plot, reaffirm intentions, motivation and
Vocal Exercises ­ such as "Ha, Ha, Ha's", tongue twisters"Peter Piper picked a peck of
pickled peppers. How many peppers did Peter Piper pick? A peck!" or "Maaaaa...
Mayyyyyy... Meeeeeee... Mowwww... Moooooo." To enhance pronunciation, tone, pitch,
pause etc and emphasise particular words for enhanced meaning.…read more


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