The best Acting tutors available
Jaygar
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jaygar
$38
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Sara
Sara
$15
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Stephanie
Stephanie
$45
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Billy j
5
5 (1 reviews)
Billy j
$50
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Katrina
Katrina
$20
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jessie
Jessie
$40
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Josh
Josh
$30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Shannon
Shannon
$60
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jaygar
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jaygar
$38
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Sara
Sara
$15
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Stephanie
Stephanie
$45
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Billy j
5
5 (1 reviews)
Billy j
$50
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Katrina
Katrina
$20
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jessie
Jessie
$40
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Josh
Josh
$30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Shannon
Shannon
$60
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Let's go

Drama permeates throughout society in the form of entertainment: we see it everywhere

Chances are you have experienced Drama in various different parts of society. Whether it’s listening to your favourite podcast, saving that catchy song to your playlist or perhaps even actually going to live theatre with your family or friends. On a small and big scale, drama appears to be all around us. Not only is the dramatic artform super entertaining, it can also pose moments of reflection with your community and society. Drama can provide a deeper insight into a window of unique groups of people or an individual’s mind. This is one of the reasons we study drama, to gain valuable insight into someone different or similar to ourselves. Through the exploration of Drama, we can explore cultures such as Maori, Pacific, European and many more, as we gain a perception of their unique way of experiencing the world. Of course, we all want to be entertained, yes indeed- but a great piece of drama might also ask us to pose certain questions that get us thinking about our own perspective on life. So next time you're watching a movie, listening to a podcast, taking in a TV show, have a little pause to think about which window of life you are being exposed to. Does this make you feel either comforted, challenged or surprised?

And with that being said, welcome to your NCEA Level 2 Drama journey, strap in because it’s going to be a unique ride of directing, acting and creating. You might even develop a closer relationship with yourself through the work studied. You never know, the curriculum will have you exposed to an array of unique cultural, historical and maybe even political perspectives.

What about other aspects of the course? Well if you are wanting an overview of the whole year then have a gaze at this blog here. Or perhaps you are wanting to get insight into some past papers for those tricky exams? Maybe you are more apprehensive about the internals, then have a look at these tips. Lastly, perhaps you are wanting some confirmation that drama is going to help you further down the track while navigating your career.

What to expect in Drama class?

Unlike other subjects, NCEA Drama at all levels has you participating in groups with your peers. Drama is very much a collaborative subject. You will be rehearsing a lot with your fellow students and creating drama pieces together. You might feel challenged whilst doing such a task, but it will teach you how to adapt into a group setting and you will soon work out how the dynamics of the team all fit and suit each person. Listening to each other will be a skill that you will learn to master throughout the whole process. A huge part of drama will be your ability to take and give feedback. You will learn how to integrate your ideas in relation to the others in the group. There will be times when you can experiment with ideas for your devised piece, where improvisation will be encouraged. To improvise is to let loose, have no expectations and take risks with little material, but impulses.  You will definitely learn to trust your instincts in NCEA Drama. If you are wanting some tips of Drama check out the Study time website. 

Let’s dive into the building blocks of Drama: Elements

Drama elements help to bring a performance together!

What makes up a drama piece? It’s elements of course! These are the components that are built into a dramatic piece of work. They help to structure the show or establish the scene and outline the story. A bit stuck? Let’s give some examples.

Role- What type of character are you? What type of action does your character take to be the vehicle for change? Break down your role first. For example, what kind of characteristics does your role display?

Situation- What antics are happening on the stage at a given moment? What actions have to lead to this character being in this situation?

Time- What time is this set in? A morning time period or is it at the stroke of midnight? The time can be a cause for dramatic tension or purpose, so it can be helpful to know. Even seasons have a part to play. For example, Winter has a strong symbolic influence In Phantom of the Opera.

Space- The gap between characters, objects and the setting. Maybe the stage has separate levels to show character classes. Or how close are the character's proximity wise?

Tension- What is building up to what action? This is all about the components that lead up to the climax of the action. This will often be established by technologies like lighting as well as techniques like the tone of voice. These two other terms will be covered as we progress further.

Focus- This is all about the details on stage. Where is the attention of the audience and how is this being shown and drawn towards? What part on stage is being significantly isolated, as so to draw our attention towards. For instance, if there is a very important call, do the lights dim and is a spotlight put on that one area? You are being told where to look and what to focus on.

Action- Before the play or scene is carried out, behind the scenes there is some development of action that takes place. What are the character's objectives? What is that character wanting out of the scene?

Mood- What kind of emotional connection is implied in the scene or in the whole piece? Perhaps it’s dramatic? Scary? Maybe even shocking? The mood is often enhanced by the technologies of lighting, sound or the set.

Symbol- This is all about a specific object that seeks to embody a theme or key idea surrounding the show or play. When used effectively symbols can be quite powerful and really address certain parts of a character or a key idea of the script.

The best Acting tutors available
Jaygar
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jaygar
$38
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Sara
Sara
$15
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Stephanie
Stephanie
$45
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Billy j
5
5 (1 reviews)
Billy j
$50
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Katrina
Katrina
$20
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jessie
Jessie
$40
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Josh
Josh
$30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Shannon
Shannon
$60
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jaygar
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jaygar
$38
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Sara
Sara
$15
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Stephanie
Stephanie
$45
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Billy j
5
5 (1 reviews)
Billy j
$50
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Katrina
Katrina
$20
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jessie
Jessie
$40
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Josh
Josh
$30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Shannon
Shannon
$60
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Let's go

Drama Techniques help build your character

Space can be utilised to bring a performance together

 These are a series of methods that help you showcase your character and draw the audience in. These include everything from voice, body, movement, right through to space. So let’s jump in

 Voice- The voice is quite simply an instrument, just as much as a guitar or a trombone. It’s the vehicle for your acting and can be quite significant if utilised well in a dramatic sense. As an actor, you can adjust the volume when you are for example whispering an innermost truth to another character, or perhaps you can increase the pitch when your shriek after being startled. Or what’s super underrated in students, is the use of the pause. A pause in your script can be quite powerful and draw attention to the words surrounding the pause. Has the character just found out some shocking news? Why not have their articulation suffer and fumble in turn.

Body- How do use your body? Does your character walk with a purpose? Do they maybe slump over? Also, this pertains to how they interact with other characters, do they have different body language when they are around other characters?

Movement- In what way does your character travel in space? Do they have a rhythmic approach to walking and maybe walking in a staccato way? Or perhaps do they drag their legs when walking? Also, how do they use their gestures? Are their hands dainty and pressing or do they have a pushing motion? This is something that you will look into during your course work when you discover Laban’s movement. This is a method of moving that helps you build your character.

Gesture- Do you gesture in a sharp or controlled manner? Gesture draws attention to the mood and role.

Conventions: building blocks of your play

Conventions are ways of exploring meaning and techniques used to show this. These are the types of conventions:

Structural Conventions-  Do you use any devices like these in the play? Maybe you use diagrams, maps or a montage. These shape how the dramatic piece appears and add another layer of meaning.

Story Conventions- Here, we are granted insight into a character. This can be if  narration is used, for example, so we can access the headspace of a character as an audience member. This also can include spoken thoughts and audience interaction.

Process Conventions- This is all about behind the scenes. Visualizations, hot seating and roll on the wall. Techniques used to gain insight into your character.

Drama Technologies is next up

This is all about the embellishments that are often visually orientated that enhance the story or mood. This can be everything from Lighting, Props, Costume, Make-up, Sounds, Set etc. They also help to establish time and place. You get to have a lot of creative freedom when establishing the technologies and they can really help with personalising the show’s experience.

Lighting can help captivate an audience

Get some more insight with Superprof!

Wanting some extra help still? Try Superprof, it’s an online tutoring website where you can get help from someone who has extra resources, can offer support and help you with your course work. Your first lesson is free so there really is a huge incentive to have a go with it and see if online tutoring is right for you. Log on today to see the wide selection of tutors.

>

The platform that connects tutors and students

First Lesson Free

Enjoyed this article? Leave a rating.

5.00 (1 rating(s))
Loading...