Drama GCSE: Physical theatre - ensemble and interaction

Actors from Frantic Assembly work with director Scott Graham on Abi Morgan’s play Lovesong.

The four actors play one couple at the young and older stages of their life together.

Director Scott Graham identifies things that influence and inspire physical theatre.

He talks about both the practicalities and the imaginative, emotional meaning of the work.

We see how it is constructed, how it is built and how it is developed in rehearsal.

They show how skills can be safely explored and developed through trust.

We see actors working to a count to build a complex movement sequence.

Then we see how this work is not just about beats and shapes but living story.

There are performance extracts throughout which show the results of the rehearsal work.

This is from the series: Acting around words.

Teacher Notes

Can be used to increase students’ understanding of what is meant by physical theatre, and how to incorporate it into their own performances.

Students could devise a sequence which develops a simple dialogue into a piece of physical theatre which demonstrates the characters’ inner feelings more clearly than a naturalistic performance.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Drama at KS4/GCSE in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and National 4/5 and Higher in (Scotland).

This topic appears in AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL, WJEC (Wales ), CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA (Scotland).

More from the series: Acting around words

Drama GCSE: Playing with emotions
Drama GCSE: Playing with objectives and obstacles
Drama GCSE: Physical choices: acting techniques