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Drama Coursework: Absurdism Freeze Frames We used freeze frames in drama

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Drama Coursework: Absurdism Freeze Frames We used freeze frames in drama

to create many absurd scenarios

Drama Coursework: Absurdism

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Freeze Frames

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We used freeze frames in drama to create many absurd scenarios. We

co-ordinated our bodies with other people to create a scene and we

held our positions for about 10 seconds. We usually did this whilst we

were warming up our bodies; it also helped to see if as a group we

could listen to other people and develop their ideas. We had to use

our facial expressions to create an atmosphere and sometimes tension.

We have used the technique of freezing at a specific point many times

in drama this year. In groups, we have often created sketches and

frozen our positions.

We had to pretend that we were on a train and we had stopped at a

platform. Sheldon walked on the train and was bringing his pet

elephant on a trip. Sheldon held a leash and was patting the pet on

the back. I played one of four passengers; I cringed when they got on

the train; as if the elephant smelt. The others did mostly the same

but were moving out of the way for the elephant whilst holding their

noses. My group for this sketch was: Stephen, Sheldon, Helen and

myself.

It was a very strange image to comprehend, but that is what abusrdism

is all about.

The use of freeze frames in general helps me to appreciate that every

scene counts. Every aspect of the play is important, not just the

important ones. It helps me to just have a little pause in time and

think about what we are doing. Sometimes with freeze frames you can

use thought tracking. This is a pause in time and helps the audience

keep track of what goes on inside the actor’s/actresses head.

When it is used in absurdism, it helps me to stop and look around me.

I’m thinking, “This is very weird” and “what’s happening here”.

Freeze frames help to create an atmosphere. It creates tension and

other emotions.

Mime: There are two types of mime:

· Acting without dialogue or sound. But relying on action, facial

expressions and body expressions.

· Acting with sound and dialogue but without the use of props.

We used mime with no sound to a rhythm. We did every day chores, like

putting your books in your bag or looking for your house key to four

different actions or positions. Just like this:

· Picture 1: I bent down and with both hands push the draw closed. I

showed that the draw was stiff by clenching my teeth as I pushed.
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