BODY Character is conveyed through posture, gesture and facial expression. In this way the audience can instantly identify with a character type or understand a situation without a word being spoken.
The positioning of objects and bodies on the stage and the relationships between them are a vital means of making meaning.
Grouping, Levels, Pathways and Personal Space are all important aspects of Space.
VOICE How an actor speaks their lines instantly identify personality and emotion. Volume, pitch, pausing, intonation, pace and accent can all influence audience understanding of a character and the tension of the scene.
Using Timing, Direction and Energy to build a sustained sequence of movement can enhance understanding of character and the meaning of a scene.
Select some Techniques
to develop a character
using ‘Role on The Wall’
Brad is a geeky twenty year old DJ who wants to meet the girl of his dreams. He thinks he is a wonderful singer.
Speaks in a high pitched whiny voice to show that he is effeminate
Occasionally bursts into song
BODY Swings his arms a lot – emphasising his girliness. Big cheesy smiles Stands with hands on hips. ROLE ON THE WALL
TECHNIQUE CHART I discovered too that using pause between phrases helped to convey the sense of nervous energy I want to show that I am trying to make myself appear attractive and interested in the girl I would speak loudly with a high pitched laugh Volume, Pace Voice These techniques worked well because they helped me feel the tension in the situation. I want to show I am trying to look casual and relaxed and that I am waiting for the girl to make eye contact I would stand with my hands on my hips I would keep staring at the girl Posture Eye-contact Body A geeky guy wanting to impress a girl What was the actual effect of using it? Why would you choose to use this technique in this way? Description of how you would use this technique appropriately. Name the aspect of the technique used** Name the category of technique * Description of character and situation. Using appropriate drama techniques
Explain how effective your use of Techniques was at conveying your Role.