Drama Terms (Alphabetical) P & R Terms
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Prepared by the lighting designer according to design and performance lighting requirements. Once lights are rigged onto the lighting bars, they are plugged into or patched into a lighting desk and dimmer racks in a complex arrangement according to the requirements of the drama.
Performance preparation processes
Actor voice and movement warm ups, focus time, and notes from the director and production team may be included as performance preparation processes immediately prior to the performance. Actors also prepare their costume and make up in the dressing room. Production team members have preparation processes according to their particular roles.
Physical approaches to rehearsing
An actor can develop their characterisation through exploring how a character moves, looks and sounds. Through creating the external aspects, the inner or emotional, feeling character is revealed.
Physical theatre and movement
Movement based drama such as mime, slapstick, Commedia dell'arte, circus, clowning and drama that uses movement, gesture and physical interaction to advance and create meaning in dramatic action.
The events that make up the story of the play create the plot.
When audiences are manipulated or seduced into a particular point of view about a situation or character they have been positioned.
Posture and body alignment
The position of the body when standing or sitting creates role and character. Posture and body alignment affect the ability to move freely and use voice affectively.
Non-realistic drama where the performers 'present' to the audience or overtly perform with no pretence of reality. This includes a wide range of historical drama styles and contemporary drama styles.
The technical aspects of realising drama production.
The non-acting tasks undertaken by the designers and managers and backstage staff in a theatre.
Roles in the Drama syllabus.
Actor, director, dramaturge, playwright; Designers - lighting, setting, sound, costume; Manager - Front of house, Marketing.
Managers of theatre companies select performances sometimes years ahead to create an engaging program for their audiences. Programming may be undertaken by the directors or the Boards of Directors.
The stage manager coordinates and operates a performance using a digital or physical prompt book. The script is pasted into the prompt book so that the script is on the right hand side and the stage directions, blocking cues for lighting, sound, special effects and stage properties are annotated on the left hand page.
This term is short for properties and refers to the objects that a character uses. Hard props such as chairs and tables and soft props such as table cloths, cushions are placed on the stage as part of the set or scenography while others such as a sword or a book are carried on by a character.
The character that drives the action is the protagonist. Often they are the 'hero' of the drama.
The rules or commonly accepted ways that things are done.
Psychological approaches to rehearsing
Psychology is the study of human behaviour and drama involves the performance of human behaviour. Psychological approaches to rehearsing could involve getting the actors to explore emotional memory, focus and concentration exercises and/or collaborative workshopping using emotional stimuli. In this approach, the feelings of the character inform the movement and vocal choices the actor makes which in turn reflects a psychological understanding of human behaviour.
The staging and performance of a drama brings it to 'life' and makes it 'real'.
In drama this refers to the emotional connection between characters and the dynamics that affect the depth and quality of that connection.
Representational drama reflects a psychological view of human behaviour, familiar dialogue and situations in terms of observed life experiences, often a linear narrative with a causal view of events and limited interactions with the live audience.
Stage lanterns are attached to lighting bars above the performance space and in the auditorium area according to the lighting design plan.
Historically, most societies have examples of using drama as part of a ritual or celebration.