Performance: A Practical Approach to Drama : 9780864620798

Performance: A Practical Approach to Drama

 
Edition
 
1
ISBN
 
9780864620798
ISBN 10
 
0864620799
Published
 
01/03/1998
Published by
 
Pearson Australia
Pages
 
224
Format
 
In stock
 
Title type
Book
$64.39
 
 
 
Description

Performance: A Practical Approach to Drama is a textbook which aims to develop expressive skills, improvisation and playbuilding strategies, acting technique, and critical response to live theatre. It has been written to fit any course which focuses on the development and evaluation of performance skills.

The book is designed for students to work sequentially through a comprehensive course of study. It is clearly written, logically organised and includes hints, checklists and opportunities for reflection.

Performance: A Practical Approach to Drama contains 10 chapters which are divided into small units, each of which begins with an explanation of the skills being taught and an introductory exercise.

This 'theory' section is followed by an exploration of related practical skills in workshop exercises, as well as opportunities for students to reflect on their practical work. Chapters conclude with a performance assignment which contains suggestions for assessment and relevant criteria for marking.

Key features:

  • concise and clearly written theory combined with a wide range of individual, pair and group exercises
  • easy-to-follow chapter structure
  • ongoing focus on workshopping and performance
  • strong developmental approach
  • strong emphasis on the value of critical responses to dramatic performance and on self-evaluation
  • suggestions, hints and pithy quotations positioned at appropriate points in the margin
  • small margin drawings to assist the completion of exercises (such as movement) and to illustrate stage layouts
  • carefully chosen scripts (from published and unpublished works, poems and extracts from novels) as stimuli for voice, movement, improvisation and performance exercises
  • written so students can use it at home as well as in class
  • a glossary of key terms in each unit
  • many exercises have a related debriefing to assist students' evaluation of themselves and others.
Table of contents
Introduction
PART A: PREPARING FOR PERFORMANCE
Getting started
Focusing for performance
PART B: BUILDING EXPRESSIVE SKILLS FOR PERFORMANCE
Movement
Voice
PART C: CREATING PERFORMANCE
Improvisation
Playbuilding
PART D: PERFORMANCE STYLES
Creating a character
Acting technique
Contemporary performance styles
PART E: RESPONDING TO PERFORMANCE
The theatre experience
Index