GCSE / National 5 Drama: Developing a character (pt 1/8)

Alice Levine visits the set of soap opera Hollyoaks to find out how the actors there create their characters.

James Sutton who plays John-Paul advises her to think of the physicality of her character, whilst Anna Passey who plays Sienna suggests techniques to help her get into and hold her character.

Alice learns to think about her character's backstory, and the social, cultural and historical influences that affect her.

Teacher Notes

Students could write a pre-curtain history for their character considering the social, cultural and historical influences.

Students could devise scenes that shows their character in a situation that isn't presented in the play that they are studying.

When reading the play they could highlight possible opportunities for off text improvisation to support them in the development of their role.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be useful for teaching Drama, particularly performance skills at Key Stage 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and National 4/5 in Scotland. It could also be useful for people of any age preparing for an acting role.

More from Alice's Journey to Wonderland

Using your voice (pt 2/8)
Set and costume (pt 3/8)
Improvisation techniques (pt 4/8)
Working with multimedia (pt 5/8)
Working with a Director (pt 6/8)
Preparing for a role (pt 7/8)
The big performance (pt 8/8)