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Drama Mediums

Drama MediumsSalvatore Sorce

Drama Mediums

Refers to the different ways in which dramatic meaning is communicated to an audience: Costume Mask And Make UpSound And Music LightingSpace, Levels And Proxemics Set And Props Movement, Mime And Gesture VoiceSpoken Language

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CostumeCan be used to clarify the characters age, social class and rankEach period helps to dictate posture and movement Props serve as an extension of touch and clarify the relationship between characters e.g. fan = flirting/angerCan be used to outwardly express the characters internal emotional state

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MasksAncient Greeks rituals became ritual drama. Masks were exaggerated in expression and fitted about the mouth of the actor aiding voice projectionMiddle Age during the 12th -13th Centuries, masks were worn to dramatise the character to the extreme.Masks were grotesque, usually of Satan or one of his minions.Renaissance Italy in 15th Century Commedia dell arte consisted of characters so ridiculous in moral, that mask choice had to be absurd.

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Make upMake up can be used to:accentuatebeautify disfigureage and emphasise aspects of a character

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Sound and Music Music is most commonly used for dancing and interludes of entertainment for the audienceMore recently sound has been used for cinematic effects to underscore emotional tempo of a scene both to introduce and end

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LightingCorrect choice of lighting can:Direct audience attentionFocuses on particular elements of the play: introducing character/event or allows character/event exitSets atmosphere, mood and emotional tone for scene

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Space and Levels Theatre in the roundOriginal theatre, used by the Greeks, adapted now to modern spaces i.e. National Olivier and ScarboroughConsider using for large scale productions Olivier theatreProscenium stageTraditional theatre used late 17th to early 20th. Considered the norm, use of the 4th wall e.g. Lyttleton theatreHas limitations in performance and staging

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Space and Levels Semi thrust stageUsed in Elizabethan period e.g. Shakespeares Globe Audience can both watch the main stage and surround the apron on three sides e.g GlobeTwo sided or traverse stageAudience is predominantly on two sides of the stage, facing each other. Ideally used to focus action on a even level with audience and to remind audience of theatrical event. i.e. Brechtian productions. e.g. Cottlesloe

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ProxemicsProxemics refers to the positioning of people in relation to each other and the use of interpersonal space. Reinforces the significance of relationships between characters due to their proximityCan be extended to include the positioning of the cast in relation to the audience and the use of the space in the auditorium section of the theatre

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Set and Props Sets place the action of the playCan be minimal or extravagantCan suggest an environment or recreate a complete oneProps what is their purpose?For set or for characters?What is the significance of a prop used in a scene i.e. a gun in Ivanov by Chekhov? What does a prop tell the audience about the character?What does a prop reveal about the inner workings of the character by the way they relate to the prop?

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MMGMovement, mime and gesture dictates the audience perception of the characterQuestions to ask: at what speed does the character move?Are the movements direct or indirect?What manner of movement fluid, staccato, light, heavy etc?What is the natural posture of the character?How much of the character can be told through mime or dumb show?What gestures are symbolic of this character? What do the gestures express? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laban_Movement_Analysis Is there a reason for the character to adopt this form of movement or gesture?

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Laban Movement

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VoiceVoice dictates the audience perception of the characterQuestions to ask:Where is the voice placed: chest, larynx or head?Is the voice resonant and deep or high and nasal?Vocal mannerisms? Specific emphasis?Accent or dialect? Pace of speech?Volume?How do all these contribute to the audience perception of the character?

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Spoken LanguageFollowing on from voice the choice of language indicates the way the character thinks:How comfortable are they using language?Are they an energised or expressive, loquacious speaker?Are they a taciturn, short speaker?Are they laconic? Low energy?Are they an intelligent speaker? Is wit a part of approach?Are they mute? How do they express themselves if so?How do all these contribute to the audience perception of the character?

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Drama Mediums

Refers to the different ways in which dramatic meaning is communicated to an audience: Costume Mask And Make UpSound And Music LightingSpace, Levels And Proxemics Set And Props Movement, Mime And Gesture VoiceSpoken Language

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Drama MediumsSalvatore Sorce

Drama MediumsSalvatore Sorce

Drama MediumsSalvatore Sorce