Workshop 6 –
To develop the practice of Storytelling and Characterisation
To develop the Officials characters with audience contact
On completion of the drama workshop participants have knowledge of:
- Possible audience responses to the performance
- Be better prepared to address audience reactions
- Developed characterisation
Explain that you are going to create a story as a group by going around the circle and adding a line each. The only rule is that the lines must alternate between: “Unfortunately….” and “Fortunately….”.
Robots – puppets in partners
The group moves about the room, within the space, avoiding eye contact. Then they move in a grid like manner, like a matrix. Each time they are in line with someone they must stop, make eye contact and say one of the prepared lines from the officials. The facilitator then calls out different emotions and they must say their line in that emotional state, make eye contact, then move on.
A variation of this could be to have the actors think of their own emotional states instead. This is to see the variety of attitudes and emotions they could present through each line. The aim of this exercise is to explore the idea that although the actors are given the limited script, there are a wide range of attitudes emotions and meanings behind, even, one line that could be sufficient for them to perform the role of the official.
All actors stand in a line and we each come up with a question the audience may come up with as they participate in the show. Actors must then chose from their set script what they feel is the appropriate response to that particular query or question.
This exercise, is really effective in both preparing the cast for the different types of questions they may encounter with the audience, as well as giving them an opportunity to actually become the audience and understand the different levels of confusion and frustration they may experience during the production.
Actors choose which line and which attitudes and emotional state of mind to respond with and, although during the performance they may not have as much time to consider their response, it is important to do this exercise in each rehearsal to build up reflexive reactions to possible questions.
Alone, each write a poem (6 rhyming lines) about immigration using the words:
These may be use within the final performance.