Drama GCSE: Playing with objectives and obstacles

Actors from Shared Experience work with director Polly Teale on the play 'Speechless' about two identical twins.

We watch the physical experiment that happens in the rehearsal room.

We see the actors try a series of different rehearsal techniques: using chairs, mirror work, synchronised movement, holding back emotion.

The actors work without words to explore how what their characters want drives their movement.

We see conflicting objectives in a scene in performance where one character wants to watch the TV programme Dallas and the other refuses.

Other performance moments show the results of the rehearsal and the effect of tension between characters on their physical performance.

This is from the series: Acting around words.

Teacher Notes

Can be used to introduce a range of rehearsal techniques to help students interpret scripts into performance work, including use of space, status, tension, physicality, character objectives, and props to create physical theatre.

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).

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