Rehearsal techniques


Physicalization and movement

·        Exaggeration: Everyone sits in their own space and mimes an everyday gesture such as eating with a knife and fork. Leader dictates whether the objects being used get bigger or smaller. Use this technique for any movements your particular role will use. In terms of chorus you can do this with a group activity such as miming throwing a ball around.

·        Use of elements: Choose a particular emotion that you wish to be used in the scene you are rehearsing. Walk around the space and in your head pick an element (fire, water, air, rock etc) that fits with the way in which you are trying to portray the emotion. Leader dictates what level (1-10) you will involve this element in your physical portrayal.

o   This exercise can be used with more than elements e.g. Animals, weather, material etc.

o   Once you have done this add it into the text you are performing. Choose the level of the scale which fits best with your role and incorporate it into your performance of the script.

·        Freeze frames: Pick key moments in the scene that are a peak/trough in your physical performance of whatever emotion you are portraying. Pick an exaggerated freeze frame for that moment. You can take it further by increasing/decreasing the scale to which your emotion is portrayed (1-10) and then pick which level of the scale fits best for your portrayal.

·        Use of rules: Decide a physical rule that fits with the ideas you have about your character already e.g. always touching a certain object, physical tick/trait. Choose a scale (1-10) and decide which level fits best your portrayal.

·        Mime: Pick a section of the script and mime it only. Rather than work on the non-verbal communication here however consider literally acting out the script with your body as though it is a game of charades and you want someone to guess what you are trying to say.

·        Charades: Pick a particular emotion you wish to convey from your character. Then taking on the other elements of the role you have developed perform a day in the life of your character whilst getting your audience to guess the emotion which you are trying to convey that your character feels.

·        Essence machine: In a group create a machine version of what you are trying to convey. Be mechanic in your movements and gradually add in naturalistic movement.

o   This can work as a form of choric development as well as individual physicality.

·        Use of rules: Decide on a rule that you will apply to rehearsal that is relevant to what you are trying to convey.




·        Common impulse: As a group walk around the space in neutral. Without giving any signals and with no single person leading find a common impulse to stop/start. By repeating this group should develop a common feeling of


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