Other exercises like changing direction on each thought can help keep the text varied. Acting work. Shakespeare’s text might be more complex than contemporary text, yet the acting fundamentals are the same. Firstly don’t try to manufacture character. Character comes in what you do, your actions.
When you are acting Shakespeare you will often need to stretch yourself to extreme emotions. Here is a fun video exercise from the BBC archive for playing with emotional levels. - Renew, refocus and refresh your acting. Actor Hub - a career and lifestyle guide for actors in the UK
When you are acting Shakespeare you can often explore character over language. Here is a fun video exercise from the BBC archive for rediscovering the language. - Renew, refocus and refresh your acting. Actor Hub - a career and lifestyle guide for actors in the UK
Here's another exercise Dawn and John recommend for improving your acting skills which you can try yourself, on your own, with mates, or maybe while you're making your 60 Second Shakespeare.
60 Second Shakespeare - Teachers' notes and information - acting. To accompany the website, ICT Advanced Skills Teacher Paul Sibson has written a set of Teacher's Notes.
Acting as conductor, I first rehearsed and “tuned” the group, then conducted them through various combinations, changes, dynamics, and rhythms. Student volunteers also took a hand at conducting. This is a superb exercise for mobilizing energy in a class.
Arts educator and producer Fiona Banks reveals the Globe's rehearsal tricks and techniques that will help students study the Bard in limited time
Acting it out is the most powerful teaching strategy you can add to your arsenal, because it makes the play come alive before their eyes! 4. As a Teacher, Take on Roles. As the teacher, take on roles as needed. Be their role model in acting it out and acting silly. This shouldn't be some stuffy exercise: it was supposed to be entertainment!
Acting games also develop important skills required for acting and performing. Below is a number of my favourite drama games. For each game or exercise I have given a difficulty rating and a recommended age range. I have split the acting games into six sections to make it easier for you to find the appropriate games for your group/situation.
A workshop on the teaching of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is here for you. It was designed with 6th graders in mind. The goal is to de-mystify Shakespeare by teaching it in language the 6th graders can understand. They get to act, play...