Deadline: Monday 26th November
You must have a complete first draft completed. You can hand this in early if you would like. This will then be looked at prior to your final submission date in early December.
Brecht Rehearsal Techniques to reference:
German actor/director/ writer, responsible for the Epic Theatre movement. Claimed that theatre shouldn’t be emotional, rather it should provoke rational self- reflection of critical, political and social views. His V effect was used to constantly remind audiences that they were watching a piece of theatre and a number of his techniques worked to help achieve this (V)
Make visible/externalize an aspect of the character –(e.g. stance or walk might indicate social standing – often quite pronounced). This might be used to develop a character’s physical response or communicate themes.
|Tableaux of Key Moments
Presenting a tableaux/freeze frame of key moments in a scene. This might help actors to think in terms of key themes/emotions/actions in a scene that need. You might then run the scene and pause at these moments to highlight the sense of the artifice of theatre or to highlight these moments
In rehearsal playing the opposing roles to yours to help understand other side of conflict perhaps or to inform your character relationship and how it relates to your own and your character journey and the intended impact of character on you.
Using placards which include facts, questions, attitudes, comments thoughts for the audience. They may highlight some aspect of the character (similar to gestus). They also remind the audience of artifice or may serve as a reminder of what to play or comment on the action. They help to externalize the emotional (V)
|Direct Address (V)
Speaking directly to the audience, breaking the 4th wall, revealing characters inner thoughts, feelings or desires as part of rehearsal. (V)
|Third Person Narration/Speak Stage Directions
Similar to he said/she said but you may also add in commentary at certain points. (V). Speaking stage directions may serve to help you think about how to act your movements.
|He Said/She Said (V)
When you add ‘he said/she said’ to your lines to create an emotional distance between yourself and the action
|Status Exercises (high/medium/low) – consider power/ranking characters
Can be linked to Brecht. Give the actor a clear status to play to remind them of the social hierarchy. You may choose to reinforce or experiment against what is suggested by the text. It can be linked with gestus.
Brechtian Techniques that were used by both groups:
- direct address
- fragmentary costume
- fragmentary set
- visible lighting equipment
- no curtain
- spoiling of dramatic tension
- use of chorus
- stylised movement