The elements of drama
The way an actor plays a role, using his/her acting skills to create a character in a drama, is known as characterisation.
Think about how we describe someone. Of course everyone looks a bit different, but a person's character can be shown in many ways, and this is where the actor's skill comes in. You can show a character in the way they walk and move (body language [body language: The non-verbal way in which a person communicates their physical and mental state through using facial expressions, gesture and posture ]), in the way they speak (vocal qualities) and in their reaction to events in the drama.
When creating a character we may use techniques such as hot-seating [hot-seating: To question an individual while they remain in character ] to develop the role, but we also need to think about these other aspects of presenting the character so they can 'come alive' within the drama.
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