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KS4 Drama – Acting Skills: Movement, mime and gesture
Acting Skills:
Movement, mime
and gesture
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Learning objectives
Explore the concepts and uses of movement,
mime and gesture in drama
Develop skills using mime, movement and
Develop confidence through the use of mime,
movement and gesture
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Professional mime artists can make the audience see things
that aren’t really there. In order to mime successfully, you need
to have a detailed understanding of how your body moves
when performing a particular action.
You also need to communicate a number of physical
properties, such as size, shape, weight, and texture.
Choose an action, such as putting on a
tie or jacket. Practise doing this
movement for real a few times. Then try
miming it. Remember how the object
felt, and what your hands and body did.
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Gestures are powerful forms of communication and
expression, and are used across the world in many
different cultures.
Kathakali theatre, which originates from
southern India, is a vibrant combination of
drama, dance, music, poetry, costume,
make-up and ritual.
Kathakali theatre uses gestures, or
mudras, for its storytelling. These are
usually hand gestures, although some
involve the entire body.
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In Victorian melodrama,
exaggerated movements
conveyed meaning and
actors learnt stock
gestures to show different
emotional states.
These images show three different melodramatic gestures.
Can you guess which emotions they represent?
In pairs stand opposite each other. Person A
has an urgent message for person B.
However, there is a sound-proof window
between you, and B is unable to lip-read. Use
only gestures to get the message across.
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