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The space the actors perform on or in. The stage area and the overall venue of the performance.
Who the piece is being performed to. It should be considered when creating the piece.
To look at something in detail and how it is formed by its elements
Piece of work written in essay form that requires you to analyse a concept, process of performance
When a character is performed with exaggerated, over simplified features
The creation of a person or thing for a performance. It is interpreted by the performer through the use of expressive and performance skills
When a group of people work together to create a performance.
The sharing of ideas and process when working on a production. Working together within a strong conceptual vision
To point out the similarities and differences between two or more things
Overall vision or governing idea for a performance that guides the artistic and practical decisions of the performance
Arranging various elements to put something together
To assist or to supply to a group or project
Conventions dictate the boundaries of the performance, they are rules that govern the performance
To communicate or make known
To use imagination to establish and bring ideas into existence, which can be developed
Actor- audience relationship
The relationship that the actors create with the audience that is developed and maintained in a performance. The intended audience should always be considered by performance divisors. The way the audience is arranged and how the actors use the space will impact on this
To create ideas spontaneously, in a short amount of time. Can be with or without other people
Where the conflict reaches its breaking point, where the audiences emotions are likely to be the strongest
When one or more character come across obstacles that they have to overcome to reach their objective
Where the deviser puts one character, idea or incident up against another for dramatic effect
The general feeling or atmosphere created in the performance
The speed of line delivery, the length of dialogue and scenes, the emotional intensity of the plot and the transitions from one scene to another
Sounds and noises produced by the actors (not pre recorded)
The way the actors are arranged in the space, the overall choice of performance space and the physical space between actors
Something that indicates or stands for something else
Suspense, when the audience wants to know what will happen next
Thinking of possibilities and ideas for a range of things based on the stimulus material
The process or action of making decisions by choosing between various choices
To explain in words someone or something by including characteristics of the subject
An original performance that is not an interpretation of a pre existing play script
To enhance or refine something with the intention of making it better
The performance phase of drama/play
To clearly show or exhibit something
When a character "breaks the fourth wall" and speaks directly to the audience
To discover is to find out or become aware of something previously unknown
To talk or write about a topic in detail, involving describing and analysing
Collect, compile and annotate written, printed, photographic or audio visual material to provide evidence of a process
The last rehearsal before the season of the play commences
The rearranging and/or deletion of dramatic material, intended to make to overall performance more concise and coherent.
Reproducing and sustaining characters and key ideas for an audience. Allows the audience to totally engage and believe with the performance. It enhances all aspects of a performance
To modify, advance or change something with the intention of making it better
A group that shares responsibility of devising a performance
To assess of judge the value of something
Where gestures and body movements are more pronounced for dramatic effects
To study or analyse something in order to better understand it
The skills required to physically become someone else and express emotions
The expression formed on the face to convey meanings that are clearly understood
Using the body in ways to help convey a feeling, mood, emotion or concept in a performance
The use of the body to explore various movements according to the characters they perform
The use of the voice to convey various emotions and mood changes and develop the character that is being performed
Concentration on each move, gesture and sound without distraction to produce the desired effect. Can also refer to the actor and director's ability to focus the audience's attention on specific moments on stage.
Heightened use of Language
The poetic and intentionally exaggerated use of language
To recognise or indicate something
To act spontaneously, with little or no prior preparation and without referring to a script. Actors think and work "on their feet".
To understand and convey the meaning or significance of something
To provide a good reason for something
The language used by a character to reveal things about their background. It can be verbal or non verbal
Line of action
A listing of scenes with a brief description of the central action of each scene
A style of performance that comments on real life rather than trying to imitate it accurately
Non naturalistic convention examples
Stillness and silence
Plot flashes backwards and forwards
To watch attentively
To provide a general description of something
The ability of an actor to elicit feelings of pity and compassion in an audience
Analysis/ evaluation of a non naturalistic performance
The essential ideas of a performance. Actions/ideas that must be included
Linked to the dramatic elements of rhythm, tension and mood. The pace lines are delivered, the use of stillness and silence (convention) and pauses in the delivery of the lines/actions and the variety of the delivery. Actors need to develop comic timing and dramatic timing.
The processes used to devise a performance
To find out, search out or investigate a particular concept or topic
The process of developing a script.
The main period of development and experimentation in the process, performance skills and expressive skills are developed and enhanced
To make small, subtle changes to improve the overall effect of a performance
The action and/or dialogue that occurs on a stage in front of the audience as performed by the actors. A plot can also have sub plots that support it.
Presenting a Performance
Drawing on the expressive skills and performance skills to present your performance.
To think deeply and carefully about something during or at the completion of a process.
Being someone else, seeing the world from someone else's perspective. "stepping into someone else's shoes"
Characters are developed and actors can learn more about the character they are portraying.
A written or verbal response to a question not requiring a fully formed answer
Something sung by the performer, maybe existing or original
Only one performer devising and performing all of the characters and all of the action within a performance (in VCE)
Various areas used to stage a production
Examples of Stagecraft
Stillness and Silence
Varies dramatic delivery and emphasises a point in the dramatic narrative. Has an impact on the tension, rhythm, mood, flow and timing of the action. Stillness refers to frozen or subdued, quieter movements. Silence refers to when there is no sound at all on stage or the level of noise hushes and falls away.
The starting point for devised non-naturalistic performances, also sometimes called a subject matter. Part of a topic, outline or structure you are given (not the same as the prescribed structure). Provides a springboard for dramatic narrative
The plot, as well as those incidents, concepts and ideas that a referred to but not seen, heard or played out on the stage
The telling of a story using the creation and/or recreation of characters, places and events within a drama performance.
What the play is about or what it means. The prupose of the play is to convey a concept or idea that the divisor considers worth conveying. They can be either major/central themes or sub themes. They are also either domestic, professional, societal, historical, private, abstract, or universal themes
Transformation of Character
The actor using their expressive skills to change from being one character to another in full view of the audience. Can be done in slow motion or quickly depending on the purpose of the character change.
Transformation of Object
When a prop or object is transformed from that object to be another object in front of the audience non naturalistically.
Transformation of Space
How the space is used determined by the imaginary places conveyed in a performance. When one space is transformed by actors onstage to another space infront of the audience to convey a story or idea without stagecrafts.
Transformation of Time
The non naturalistic transformation of time to make the sequence of scenes non linear.
A short scene that usually focuses on one aspect of a character and her/his world ("a slice of life")
A convention where the emphasis is on conveying the meaning through voice rather than movement or physical gesture.
A script which is not fixed and can be changed up to the last minute
More lengthy piece of writing than a short response. Required to go into some depth and provide examples to support your ideas
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