Sunday, November 23, 2014

game-of-the-week-more-4Bring still images to life in just a few moments.

This is a quick way of moving from still images into improvisation. Begin with any image created by a group. Use Thought Tracking (p.28) to find out what each of the characters are thinking and feeling. Explain that you would like the group to bring the scene alive for a few moments with speech and movement. When everybody is in position and the audience are paying attention, say:

“Quiet on the set!”

After a moment say: “And Action!”

Let the improvisation run for a few moments – just long enough to establish what is happening and well before the performers run out of steam. End with:

“Cut!”

The group will enjoy being able to tell the story without worrying about how to start or finish the scene and the workshop leader can easily control how much is shown. After a few sessions of working in this way participants will become much more confident about devising and presenting short scenes.

Game of the Week is taken from 101 More Drama Games and Activities available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

Come back for a new Game next week!

Drama Courses

  • Commedia dell'Arte - Masterclass with Didi Hopkins Commedia dell'Arte - Masterclass with Didi Hopkins
    Wednesday 19th November 2014 10:30 - 16:30 Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 PLACES AVAILABLE   Course Tutor: Didi Hopkins Commedia dell'Arte is a highly effective tool for students of all abilities and ages and a template that can be applied to classical text or contemporary theatre making. This one-day Masterclass will give a solid foundation in commedia, exploring masks and character types,...
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    Wednesday 28th January 2015 10:30am - 4:30pm Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 PLACES AVAILABLE Course Tutor: David Farmer This one-day drama INSET course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can take back and use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama...
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    Saturday 7th February 2015 10:30am - 4:30pm Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 In this stimulating one-day workshop author and director David Farmer outlines a playful approach to directing. He explores how drama games can be used to develop characters, extend acting skills and create imaginative stagings of...
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    Wednesday 25th February 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA PLACES AVAILABLE Course Tutor: David Farmer This one-day drama INSET course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can take back and use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama...
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  • Developing Directing Skills (Bristol) Developing Directing Skills (Bristol)
    Sunday 1st March 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm Brewery Studio, 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP Course Tutor: David Farmer
    This newly-updated and popular one day course gives participants the opportunity to examine the role of the director through practical games and exercises....
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