What is drama?
a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or mime a story including conflicts or different characters, particularly one planned to be followed up on the stage; a play.
What skills you need to apply in every lesson
There are a few skills that you need to apply in every drama lesson, participation, organisation, risk taker, positive thinking. These skills will make sure that your drama experience is the best it can possibly be.
What did I learn about yourself
I have learnt to conquer my fears instead of running away from problems. I am never a confident person, I seldom speak because I was scared of people noticing my accents or bad grammar. Therefore, in the melodrama unit, when I had to play a character which I am not good at, I tend to hesitate and forget lines or am aware of the way people look at me. However as this drama course often require us to express our feelings and thoughts through a character or in person, I have forgotten my fears and therefore conquering it.
What did I learn about theatre?
Throughout the grade 8 drama course, I have learnt a lot more about the theatre especially techniques used in melodrama. We have also used some of the techniques taught in grade 7 and added on to it. All of those techniques helps to interact with the audience, for example stage combat, double-takes and foot-stepping is a way to relieve comedy. Thought tracking, freeze montage, cross cutting, gesture sequencing, soundscape and corral speaking etc helps the audience for a better understanding of the characters, the setting and the theme of the story.
The way of performing can cause a lot of different reaction to the audience. A good performance or play must include TEAM which stands for tension, emotion, atmosphere and meaning. To do so, the way actors act contributes a lot to the play itself. In terms of the way of performing, in this drama course, we have learnt to project myself on the stage or to the audience. When performing, always be confident of what you did, speak up and look at the audience. People tend to look at the ground when speaking which people might not be able to hear what the actors are saying. Body movements, gestures, facial expressions and levels helps to improve the way of performing and drawing the audience’s attention. The 4Ps (Power, pitch, pace, and pause) are also very important when performing especially when delivering a line. For example, when acting as a hero in melodrama, they tend to stand straight, head up looking through the audiences, hands putting aside and they walk with big steps. When speaking, hero tend to speak with a deep and loud voice.
What are your big takeaways from Grade 8 Drama and how will it help you in the future?
My big takeaways are the techniques and the way of performance as I have mentioned on fifth and sixth slides. These techniques further my study of drama and it can be very useful in the future for example in grade 9 as I am taking drama next year. In the melodrama unit, I have learnt to exaggerate my movements, to focus, to speak clearly and to be in character all times. This helps a lot in the future as sometimes, we often need to deliver speeches, do presentation or debate in front of class. I always failed to conquer my fear which is to speak in front of people without getting nervous, or at least act confident. Speaking in public is like acting, most of the people including me often find it scary as eyes are staring at you or feeling like people are whispering behind you. After this drama course, I am able to talk in front of crowds acting confident and to speak clearly and loudly.
What did you learn about how to be a better performer?
To be a better performance, I must first conquer my fears like getting nervous talking in front of crowds, mumbling words or looking at the floor when speaking as I am too nervous. Besides, being a better performance always require practice and asking for feedbacks to improve.