Bitesize has changed! We're updating subjects as fast as we can. Visit our new site to find Bitesize guides and clips - and tell us what you think!
Print

Drama

The drama medium

Movement, mime and gesture

1. Movement

Movement covers:

  • where we move to on and around the stage - upstage, downstage, avoiding masking another actor, etc
  • how we move to help with characterisation [characterisation: To portray a role using voice and physical skills ] - slowly, painfully, lightly, etc
  • how we move in relation to other characters - threateningly, fearfully, in a friendly manner, etc

Activity

Play use of moment video example.

Watch the video example by clicking on the link above.

Note: this link will open in a new browser window.

2. Mime

Mime covers:

  • working in silence, or with few sounds or words, to show activities - eg painting a wall, opening a door

  • working with dialogue, but miming any props or set - eg looking in a mirror, perhaps facing the audience, to put on make-up while speaking to another character
  • physical theatre, which also uses mime techniques, and where actors can also mime items of set or props

Watch the video example by clicking on the link below.

Note: this link will open in a new browser window.

Activity

Play physical theatre video example.

3. Gesture

Gesture covers the use of our arms (and sometimes legs) to communicate ideas to the audience.

Examples of gesture in melodrama include:

  • holding the back of the hand to the forehead to indicate that you are upset
  • when the heroine pleads for her life by clasping her hands up towards the villain
  • when Lady Bracknell holds out her hand to be kissed
gesture - what's up there?

Back to Exploring index

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.