2 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS UNIT ? When you are ready to begin devising your play, you will need to use different theatrical techniques.Use them to create and develop plays and characters that will be of interest to the audience.Over the coming weeks, you will experiment and learn more about these techniques by means of your practical work.
3 DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE You will be required to keep a note of the various strategies used as evidence and proof of your understanding of their use in the theatre.NAME OF TECHNIQUEDESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUEUSE WITHIN THE THEATRE
4 Monologue Freeze Frame Path of Conscience The Hot Seat Mind Tracking The TechniquesMonologueFreeze FramePath of ConscienceThe Hot SeatMind TrackingHave you heardofthese before?Improvisation
5 Task 1 Image Family Friends Workload Drugs Extra responsibilities Class DiscussionWhat are the problems that young people face while they are growing up?FamilyImageFriendsWorkloadDrugsIn the followinglessons, we will lookatconflict within the family –between children andtheir parents!Extraresponsibilities
6 Task 2Group workIn groups of 2 or 3, create an IMPROVISEDscene from the following scenario.A child of around your age wants to go to a Saturday night partyata friend’s house. However, there will be no adults present. The child’s parent/parents are unwilling for him/her to go. The conflict begins!REMEMBERBeginning, middle and ending to your sceneUse a clear voice and suitable movementsAudience location (don’t turn your back on them)
7 DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE NAME OF TECHNIQUEDESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUEUSE WITHIN THE THEATREImprovisationIn what way candramatists andactors useIMPROVISATION?Describe in yourown words what ismeant byIMPROVISATION.
8 Task 3Once you have performed your scene in front of the class, perform it again - but this time, the audience will be allowed toclapand ask you to freeze (a maximum of three times)After freezing, each character in turn will tell the audience exactly what they are thinking of at that particular time. You can discuss your character’s feelings towards another character or react to what is happening on stage.This technique is called ‘MIND TRACKING’.I’m beginning to lose it! He just doesn't listen to me!Who does she think she is? Telling me what to do!
9 Mind Tracking What is Mind Tracking? When the action of the play is frozen and the characterreveals his/her feelings and thoughts out loud to theaudience.The other characters cannot hear him/her.This may happen at any time within the play.
10 DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE NAME OF TECHNIQUEDESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUEUSE WITHIN THE THEATREMindTrackingIn what way candramatists andactors useMINDTRACKING?Describe in yourown words whatis meant byMINDTRACKING
11 Task 4 Path of Conscience The character does not know what to do!Does he/she go to the party without theconsent of his/her parents or does he/shestay at home?He/she needs to consider his/her options.Path of ConscienceUse your class members to form two lines facing each other.2) Members of one line will attempt to persuade the character to attend the party, while members of the opposite line attempt to persuade him/her to stay at home.The character walks between the lines and everyone will need to argue their point in turn.4) On reaching the end of the line, the character will need to come to his/her decision.
12 PATH OF CONSCIENCE Your parents will punish you for months ! Negative argumentsThe character walksdown the centreand listens to theargumentsAll your friends are going !!PositiveArguments
13 DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE NAME OF TECHNIQUEDESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUEUSE WITHIN THE THEATREPath ofConscienceIn what way candramatists andactors useThePATH OFCONSCIENCE?Describe in yourown words whatis meant by PATHOF CONSCIENCE.
14 Task 5 Solo work Everyone now assumes the role of a young person who sits in his/her bedroom reflecting on what his/herparents said. Write a MONOLOGUE for your character.In the monologue, your character should explore someof the arguments used in the Path of Conscienceexercise.At the end of your monologue, your character shoulddecide that he/she will attend the party !!
15 What is a MONOLOGUE?A Monologue is when a character opens up and reciteshis inner thoughts directly to the audience.In a monologue, the character should discusshis/her feelings and the most important things inhis/her life.
16 DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE NAME OF TECHNIQUEDESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUEUSE WITHIN THE THEATREMonologueIn what way candramatists andactors useAMONOLOGUE?Describe in yourown words whatis meant by aMONOLOGUE.
17 Task 6 Group work (5/6 pupils) Your character has gone to the party without his/her parents consent. However, there is trouble at the party – there is fighting and the misuse of alcohol.Your local newspaper has managed to locate a snapshot of the proceedings and there is a front page spread (including the snapshot) in the paper.Group work (5/6 pupils)1) Form a FREEZE FRAME based on the problems at the party (using the snapshot in the front page of the newspaper)2) Compose your own HEADLINE to illustrate the picture. Make use of creative language in your performance of the freeze frame.
18 Posture anddefinitegestures What is a FREEZE FRAME?The actors group themselves together and use their bodies to create an image of the situation. They freeze as if in a snapshot.To create an effective freeze frame REMEMBER to use :FacialexpressionsLevelsFocusDepth of stagingPosture anddefinitegestures
19 DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE NAME OF TECHNIQUEDESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUEUSE WITHIN THE THEATREFreezeFrameIn what way candramatists andactors useTheFREEZE FRAME?Describe in yourown words whatis meant by aFREEZE FRAME.
20 The Hot Seat will help you understand more Task 7HOT SEATThe ExerciseYou are seated (in character) in the hot seat. Theaudience will pose you some questions and youare required to answer these questions IN CHARACTERThe Hot Seat will help you understand moreabout your characterThinking swiftlyFocusSKILLSInformationgainedpreviouslyImagination
21 DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE NAME OF TECHNIQUEDESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUEUSE WITHIN THE THEATREThe Hot SeatIn what way candramatists andactors useTHE HOT SEAT?Describe in yourown words whatis meantby THE HOTSEAT
22 THE NEXT STAGE??By now you have learned about the various techniques that can be used when dealing with a character and creating your own play.The next stage is to put these techniques into practise as you create your own play and its characters.