Drama Key Terms

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Facial Expression
Show the thoughts, feeling and emotions of the characters you are portraying in an exaggerated manner
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Speaking slower and projecting, using modulation
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Gesticulating is important for characterisation
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Emphasis on characterisation
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Reacting to the scene and situation around you further adds to the Fourth Wall
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Provides a idea of relationships between other characters (proxemics)
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Used to convey status. The higher the greater dominance
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Super objective ect
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The central character
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The character who acts in opposition to the protagonist
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The end of the play when all the loose ends are tied neatly together
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Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows something a character on stage does not
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A scene between two characters
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A long speech said by one character
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The precise movement and positing of actors on a stage
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Standing in front of another actor and obscuring them from the audience
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Diverting the audience's attention away from the main performer
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A monologue where a character shares their thoughts with the audience
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Role Play
In character, improvising a scene which is not in the play to deepen understanding of characters and their relationships
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Hot Seating
Answering questions, in role, about your character helping to flesh out the character
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Freeze frames
Highlight the importance of particular moments in a play
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Thought tracking
Use of freeze frames to show a particular character's thoughts and emotions at that point
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Acting out a scene using only gesture and no dialogue, allows you to concentrate of the visual aspects of a piece
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Genre splicing
Performing a scene in a alternative genre to how it was intended to be played helping you to discover subtext
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Role on the Wall
Drawing an outline of a character and adding pictures, statements, quotes, thoughts and ideas to build a deeper understanding of the character
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Lighting and Sound
Used to create mood and atmosphere, should be written into stage directions
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Used to indicate personality, period, situation and style of perfomance
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A speech delivered to the audience under the pretence other characters on stage cannot hear
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Scenery hung at the back of the stage
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A signal prompting an event
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Flat pieces of scenery which can be painted to give the illusion of building or setting
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A space above the stage where scenery can be hung or stored when not in use
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A material that can be see-through when lit from behind but appear solid when lit from the front
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Wooden stage blocks or small platforms
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Unseen areas on either side of the stage
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Naturalistic performance style
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Edward Craig
Use of levels and abstract set designs, use of neutral moveable screens instead of realistic scenery
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Antonin Artuad
Total theatre using light movement and sound. Creator of 'Theatre of Cruelty' a concept that pushed the audience's feelings to an almost painful extreme
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Pioneer of political theatre and believed drama should educate. Broke down the Fourth Wall. Created 'Epic Theatre' using songs, explanatory placards, unnatural lighting, projection, spoken stage directions and direct address
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Physical theatre
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Avant-Garde theatre, believed actors should feel like part of the performance and removed all 'non-essentials' sets, costumes, lighting ect to intensify relationship between audience and actor
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Peter Brook
Prolific theatre, inspired by Artuad and tried acting in all spaces
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Augusto Boal
Created Forum Theatre in which members of the audience can stop the performance and suggest alternative actions.
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Proscenium Arch
Common in Britain, Like looking through a window
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Catwalk. Audience on two sides of stage
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In The Round
Audience sat around the stage (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre)
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Audience on three sides
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General wash of colour across stage to create mood and situation
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Profile Spot
Strong beam of light on a specific area of stage
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Follow Spot
Designed to follow performer around stage
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Fresnel Spot
General wash of light across stage, softer edge. Can be used with Barn Doors
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Par Can
Cheaper, throws dramatic, harsh, strong beam of light
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Greek Theatre
Open Air, involves three actors and a chorus
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Medieval Theatre
Re-enactment of Bible stories
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Commedia Dell'Arte
Comedy that mocked human failings, using the same characters. No scripts used
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Elizabethan & Jacobean
Shakespearean, plays dark and increasingly violent
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Comedies that mocked the rich, first time for women to appear on stage
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18th C Theatre
Elaborate scenery and large theatres. Introduction of 'Comedy of Manners'
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Victorian Melodrama
Lurid, mysterious and dark. Stock characters, villan, high-minded heroes and pure-hearted heroines
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Theatre of the Absurd
Comic yet questions serious issues
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Speaking slower and projecting, using modulation



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Gesticulating is important for characterisation


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Emphasis on characterisation


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Reacting to the scene and situation around you further adds to the Fourth Wall


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