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VCE Drama Terminology 2018
A list of terms useful to current VCE Drama students
Terms in this set (25)
TT Movement as the performer transitions from Character A to Character B
TT Blending of a gesture (with arm or hand) at the moment of transition from Character A to Character B
Giving and receiving
TT Character a passes an object to an imagined character in a scene which was then accepted as a different object by Character B in a different context
TT A fast-paced transition of character, time and place that moves from A to B in an instant, and sometimes back again
Repetition of sound/word
TT A word or phrase used by Character A in such a way that the latter or final use/s of the sound, word or phrase has transitioned into the same sound, word or phrase being relevant for Character B
TT A movement or action used so that the final moment of Character A, is the transitioning point into the initial moment for Character B
Use of Object
Prop or costume item is used in a different way by the performer in order to indicate a transition from Character A to Character B
Refers to techniques or methods used by actors to transition between characters and/or times and/or places.
Transformation of character
The actor uses his/her expressive /performance skills to change from being one character to another in the full view of the audience.
Transformation of object
A performer is using a walking stick and then interacts with it like an oar to represent a man rowing a boat
Transformation of time/place.
An actor uses performance skills and space to present for the audience a change of location or flash back or forward in time
To examine in fine detail, breaking it down into various parts and explaining them using specific examples from the play or your performance. You must describe how it was done, why it was done and what the intended effect was.
To explore all the parts to express your own opinion on the value or worth of something. Through reference to the play or your performance, you present your own opinion on the quality merit or success of something.
A detailed response to a topic where you analyse and describe. Often looking at different points of view.
To paint a picture with words of someone or something, referring to characteristics of a person or thing. (what, when, why, how)
The term used to describe areas of production. Non-naturalistic use of these conventions might feature over-sized props, exposed lighting rig, stylised make-up, use of the half-fly, open stage with no scenic elements to define place or time, symbolic costuming, musical underscore to enhance mood. It may also involve used of direction, costume, lighting, set design, sound production, make- up, mask, puppetry, props and theatre technologies as a required structure or to realise dramatic potential of stimulus material.
This performance skill is the ability of the actor commit to their performance and the ability to stay in character through using concentration. It can also be used to create an idea of a character or setting by manipulating where the audience pay attention.
This performance is used to to control and regulate pace in the performance. It can be manipulated to build dramatic tension, evoke emotions, create a coordinating synchronisation and develop a comedic touch in a scene
This performance skill is used to create different dynamics and enhance the emotion flowing through the piece. It is also about the intensity an actor brings.
Actor and Audience Relationships (PS)
This performance skill is the way an actor deliberately manipulates the audience's emotions, moods and enhances the connection.
These are used to present and realise a character. They may be used in different ways in different performance styles. They include voice, movement, gesture and facial expression
Diction, pitch, pace, tone, resonance, muscularity and vocal sounds.
Gait, posture and stance.
Using the body or body parts, usually the hands, to create symbols and meaning.
Facial expression ES
Manipulating facial expressions to communicate emotions, reactions and meaning.
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