Drama is a good way to practise speaking and listening skills. You'll need to think about your performance and your audience whether you're improvising or working from a script.
There are five key elements on the stage that will transform it and that you need to consider when setting your own stage. Read the descriptions below that are taken from a theatre review, and see if you can identify the characteristic that the reviewer is describing.
"Interestingly, this production chose not to use any music at all and the usual big band hits were slimmed down to make them more melodic and haunting."
"The actors' finery was beautifully designed. It was very easy to get a real sense of who the characters were, purely by the way that they were dressed."
"When the producers wanted to create striking storms, they did it with astonishing flashes that shook not only through the stage, but also through the audience too."
"Each character carried one article throughout the play that seemed to symbolise the central theme of that particular character’s personality - constantly reminding the audience of the playwright’s layered meanings."
"The scenery was flamboyant. To accentuate the feeling of rain splattered hills, the grey splashes of paint that filled the walls at all ends of the stage seemed to shake every time the sound of thunder roared."
On stage, actors attempt to express mood and emotion through a range of different methods. in the examples below, name the method that the actor is using:
Example: To portray upset: The actor screams her words. Uncontrollably.
To portray anger: The actor shouts loudly.
To portray anger: tense shoulders, a swift and purposeful walk almost like a march.
To portray excitement: strong and forceful gestures; possibly very quick and unexpected.
To portray anxiety: The actor frowns, holds his mouth closed tightly, his eyes narrow.
To portray upset: The actor speaks; stops mid sentence; seems unable to speak; stutters over words; the actor tries to speak again.