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accent
the way a person speaks that tells you where they are from, e.g. Geordie, Cockney, Scottish, etc.
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aesthetic
the way something looks, usually something that looks good
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antagonist
the way something looks, usually something that looks good
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approach
the method used or steps taken in setting about a task/problem
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articulate
to speak clearly so every letter/word can be heard
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collaboration
when artists work together; a performance is an artistic collaboration because it relies on the work of a team of people.
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comic relief
a break in the tension of a tragedy provided by a comic character, a comic episode, or even a comic line
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compose
to make up; to organise the parts or elements
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conflict
the internal or external struggle between opposing forces, ideas, or interests that creates dramatic tension.
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contrast
dynamic use of opposites, such as movement/stillness, sound/silence, and light/darkness.
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cross-gender casting
girls play boys and vice versa
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cue
a signal that prompts action from an actor or technician
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Dialogue
the spoken language in a performance between two or more people
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diction
selection and pronunciation of words; clarity of speech.
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dramatic irony
the audience know something important but the characters in the performance are not aware of it
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empathy
understanding someone's feeling
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enact
to represent or perform in or as if in a play; to act out
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evaluation
discussing how effective/successful or significant something was
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focus
in lighting, the size and shape of a stage light and/or the direction in which it is aimed; in acting, the act of concentrating or staying in character.
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genre
identifiable characteristics, e.g. comedy, tragedy, thriller
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highten
to increase/strengthen
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identify
to recognise or establish the identity of something; to make/represent something to be the same or identical as something
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imitate
to copy or mimic the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech of others.
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improvisation
the spontaneous use of movement and speech to create a character or object in a particular situation; acting done without a script
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indicate
to be a sign of; to point out/to; to show
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inflection
raising or lowering the tone or pitch of the voice, e.g. downwards inflection at the ends of sentences
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irony
an implied discrepancy between what is said and what is meant
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interaction
the action or relationship among two or more characters.
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interpretation
an explanation of the meaning of another’s artistic or creative work; to bring out the meaning, or one’s understanding of it
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justify
to show to be right; to defend or uphold as well-grounded; to show a satisfactory reason
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mannerism
a peculiarity of speech or behaviour
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melodrama
a style of play, which originated in the 19th century, relying heavily on sensationalism and sentimentality. Melodramas tend to feature action more than motivation, stock characters, and a strict view of morality in which good triumphs over evil.
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mime
acting without words.
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mimicry
the practice of mimicking or imitating.
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mirroring
copying the movement and/or expression or look of someone else exactly.
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monologue
– a lengthy speech performed by an actor, revealing feelings or commenting on events
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montage
used in TV and films and by Brecht; the putting together of short sections or scenes that are dissimilar
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mood
the tone or feeling of the play, often engendered by the music, setting, or lighting.
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motivation
the reason or reasons for a character’s behaviour; an incentive or inducement for further action for a character.
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naturalistic
shows characters behaving in natural ways (how you would expect)
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pace
is the speed at which you speak
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pantomime
acting without words
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parody
a mocking or satirical imitation of a literary or dramatic work.
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pause
refers to short breaks and stops in your speech to create effects
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personification
the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects or abstract concepts.
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perspective
a way of regarding situations, facts, etc., and judging their importance
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physical theatre
way of regarding situations, facts, etc., and judging their importance
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pitch
is the high or low level of the voice
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protagonist
the main character or hero in a play or other literary work.
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proxemics
showing the relationship between people through the physical distance
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rapport
the relationship of a group; how well they communicate and work together
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realistic
show life as it really is
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reflect
to think, ponder, meditate
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satire
a play in which sarcasm, irony, and ridicule are used to expose or attack folly or pretension in society.
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scenario
an outline of a hypothesized or projected chain of events or plot for a dramatic or literary work.
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scene
a small section or portion of a play.
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set
the physical surroundings, visible to the audience, in which the action of the play takes place.
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setting
when and where the action of a play takes place.
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situation
a combination of circumstances at a given moment.
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soliliquy
when an actor speaks directly to an audience as if revealing thoughts; usually alone on stage/isolated from other characters
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spectator
a person who is watching; member of an audience
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spotlight
light focused on a single place on the stage
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stereotyping
a shallow idea about a person or place, e.g. boys liking football and girls liking shopping
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stimulus/stimuli
something you gain ideas from
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stylised
does not attempt to look ‘real’ (Tim Burton's batman)
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symbolic
something represents something else, e.g. white =innocence, purity
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themes
a generalised topic, e.g. heroes, body image, domestic abuse
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tone
is the quality of the sound of your voice
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voice
refers to how an actor uses: tone, volume, pitch, pace and clarity
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