When you're developing characters, you need as much information as possible about them.
In this Revision Bite, you'll learn how to tease out this information, using a role on the wall ['role on the wall': An activity used to develop characters and present information about that character ] diagram.
A 'role on the wall' diagram is usually just an outline of a person with information written on it - either inside the outline, or round the edge. It represents the character you're exploring.
While your 'role on the wall' diagram isn't likely to be part of your Documentary Response, often the work you do on it leads to good ideas for scenes, so be sure to point this out in your Documentary Response written work.
If you're having trouble imagining your character, try hot-seating [hot-seating: To question an individual while they remain in character ] - you'll soon get the ideas flowing!
What to include?
A 'role on the wall' diagram can include:
This information can be very detailed, or just jottings of single words that describe your character.
Here's an example of detailed 'role on the wall' diagram notes based on a character from a play called Adam Wilson.
Download completed 'role on the wall' diagram (PDF file 259kb)
You don't need to word-process your work but you may wish to use colour coding to make it clearer for your purposes.
There is some useful information here. Further details could include:
Further details like this could make a difference to your work by informing your understanding of why the character is like she is. From working on the details alternative scenes may suggest themselves.
Ask the questions 'why?', 'what?' or 'when?' as you develop your work. Your answers might surprise you, and give you the details you need!
This student has shown her information in a different format - which is fine. There are some interesting points here, and they're well balanced. But the table could be more detailed, giving a greater insight into the character, eg:
Remember to ask yourself 'why?', 'what?' or 'when?' about some of your statements, to give greater information on the characters
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