The drama medium
This Revision Bite explores the different drama mediums used in drama exploration.
You'll use several of these strategies for your documentary response in Drama Exploration Unit 1 and Exploring Play Texts Unit 2.
There are drama medium video examples and activities throughout this Revision Bite.
Costume can be modern clothes, period costume or a fantasy outfit. You may want to wear full costume, or perhaps just wear black, with indications of character as an extra feature. For example, a hat, shawl or jacket could signify character.
Sometimes, in stylised drama, the items of costume are exaggerated - so a jacket could be in very bright colours.
Masks may be single colour, painted, full-face or half-face. They are usually used in stylised work to indicate non-human characters - for example in a Greek chorus, in 'Animal Farm', or in a play with demons.
Make-up functions in different ways. Sometimes it's used to 'age' an actor, or it may indicate a fantasy character such as a fairy in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. At other times it can alter the gender of a character, or communicate a different style of theatre, eg Kabuki [kabuki: A style of theatre, popular in Japan, often featuring elaborate costumes, music and dancing ].
Use the dressing room activity to design and print costumes for your character.
Play dressing room activity.
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