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Role-Playing 1

In this worksheet students will explore the skills and techniques required for a successful role-play.

'Role-Playing 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Spoken Language

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Spoken Language in Groups

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

 

 

One important aspect of Spoken Language is being able to play a role in a drama style situation. Your teacher will provide you with a task brief but there are a number of general skills you need to develop and demonstrate in order to be successful at these tasks.

 

1. Working cooperatively: If you are working in a group you must work as a team to make the most of your rehearsal time. The ability to compromise is key here; faster decision making means less time wasted and more time polishing your performance.

 

2. Creating a convincing character: Whatever role you take on in the scenario, you must spend some time thinking about the type of character you are playing. It may be useful to create a character profile outlining their background to help you to consider how they would be feeling and their reactions to other characters.

 

3. Movement, gesture and facial expressions: To help you to show a convincing character you must use appropriate body movements, hand gestures and facial expressions that fit with their personality or mood. For example, if you are playing an impatient character, you could place your hands on your hips or keep looking at your watch to emphasise this.

 

4. Speech and use of voice: In order to achieve the best possible grade, you must speak at length and make significant contributions that can be clearly heard by the audience. You should also consider how your character would be speaking at different moments in the play to show their emotions, personality and relationship with other characters. For example, imagine you are playing a character who has found out they have won the lottery but then loses their ticket before claiming the money. How could you show their change of emotion from ecstatic hysteria to disbelief and grief when you speak?

 

5. Use of space: You need to consider how you are going to use the performance space to represent the setting for your play. Make group decisions on where you will all enter and exit the scene so everyone is walking through the same 'door', what scenery or props might be effective to use and spacing, so everyone isn't acting in a tiny corner. You should also make sure you never have your back entirely to the audience as your voice will trail off and your facial expressions won't be seen.

 

7. Staying in role: This is one of the most important things to remember! Whatever happens or goes wrong: carry on acting. Never come out of role to apologise for a mishap or      collapse into a fit of the giggles. If you don't show that something has gone wrong, the audience will never know.

 

In addition to these points, there are also some drama techniques that you could use in your performance to create certain effects and to add variety:

 

- Freeze-frames: Freezing the action for a number of seconds, almost like someone has taken a still picture of a moment in the performance. These only work well if they are well rehearsed and when everyone is completely still for exactly the same amount of time before moving to their next position.

 

 

- Flashbacks: Performing a play in non-chronological order and having a series of flashbacks in the action to help the audience slowly piece together the story.

 

= Thought tracking:This is an effective technique when used alongside freeze-frames. One character at a time can come out of the frozen 'picture' and recount their feelings to the audience in a short monologue before returning to their still position.

 

 

- Slow motion: A good technique to add drama and tension where you slow the action right down. It can be particularly effective when set to fitting music.

 

- Cross cutting: Where you have two different scenes stopping and starting alternately on different parts of the stage. An example of how this could be used is a staged telephone conversation which would feature the two participants in different places. Freeze-frames and lighting effects can also be used here to help the audience to focus on the intended action at the right time.

Why is it important to work cooperatively if you are creating a role-play in a group? Check all of the relevant reasons below.

to be the first to finish

to make the most of your rehearsal time

to have more time to polish your performance

to waste time at the end

What could you make to help you create a convincing character for your role-play?

 

Movement, gesture and facial expressions help to emphasise certain feelings or emotions. Match up the examples below with the emotion/message it would effectively show:

Column A

Column B

clenched fists
anger/frustration
waving
shock/surprise
raised eyebrows
friendly/hello or goodbye
Which of the following must you do to achieve the best grade possible? Check all that apply.

make significant contributions

shout all of your lines

speak clearly and audibly

consider how you could show different emotions through your voice

Find the missing word and fill the gap in the sentence below..

 

When acting, you should never have your ______________ entirely to the audience as your voice will trail off and your facial expressions won’t be seen.

What should you do if something goes wrong in your performance? Select as many answers as you think are correct from the list below.

stay in role

giggle

mouth instructions and make hand signals to another actor

improvise until your remember your line or someone prompts you

make it clear to the audience that something has gone wrong

What is the drama technique called which involves freezing the action like a still picture? Write your answer below:

 

Which technique is being described here? Choose the correct answer from the choices below.

 

 

One character at a time can come out of the frozen ‘picture’ and recount their feelings to the audience in a short monologue before returning to their still position.

 

cross cutting

thought tracking

slow motion

Identify the missing word in this sentence and write it in box below:

 

__________________ is when you have two scenes running parallel to each other on different parts of the stage.

What is the technique called where tension and drama is created through the slowing down of action? Write your answer below.

  • Question 1

Why is it important to work cooperatively if you are creating a role-play in a group? Check all of the relevant reasons below.

CORRECT ANSWER
to make the most of your rehearsal time
to have more time to polish your performance
EDDIE SAYS
You must work as a team in a group situation and use your practise time wisely to maximise your chances of a good grade.
  • Question 2

What could you make to help you create a convincing character for your role-play?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
a character profile
character profile
EDDIE SAYS
Creating profile of your character’s background could help you to understand their feelings towards other characters, their likely reactions to different situations and their likes/dislikes.
  • Question 3

Movement, gesture and facial expressions help to emphasise certain feelings or emotions. Match up the examples below with the emotion/message it would effectively show:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

clenched fists
anger/frustration
waving
friendly/hello or goodbye
raised eyebrows
shock/surprise
EDDIE SAYS
It is important to think about these body movements carefully in order to give a clear visual message to your audience regarding emotions and feelings.
  • Question 4
Which of the following must you do to achieve the best grade possible? Check all that apply.

CORRECT ANSWER
make significant contributions
speak clearly and audibly
consider how you could show different emotions through your voice
EDDIE SAYS
The key thing here is that you must project your voice so you can be heard but also find ways to reveal the emotion of your character through the way you deliver your lines.
  • Question 5

Find the missing word and fill the gap in the sentence below..

 

When acting, you should never have your ______________ entirely to the audience as your voice will trail off and your facial expressions won’t be seen.

CORRECT ANSWER
back
EDDIE SAYS
Face your audience when you deliver your lines. If you are talking to someone behind you on the stage, position yourself at a 45 degree angle and turn your head slightly.
  • Question 6

What should you do if something goes wrong in your performance? Select as many answers as you think are correct from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
stay in role
improvise until your remember your line or someone prompts you
EDDIE SAYS
You will not lose marks for drifting from the rehearsed script but you may lose marks if you come out of character because something went wrong. Always try to carry on and remain in role.
  • Question 7

What is the drama technique called which involves freezing the action like a still picture? Write your answer below:

 

CORRECT ANSWER
freeze frame
freeze-frame
freeze-framing
freeze framing
EDDIE SAYS
A freeze-frame is also known as a ‘still image’. It is most effective for an audience when everyone freezes and unfreezes at the same time.
  • Question 8

Which technique is being described here? Choose the correct answer from the choices below.

 

 

One character at a time can come out of the frozen ‘picture’ and recount their feelings to the audience in a short monologue before returning to their still position.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
thought tracking
EDDIE SAYS
Thought tracking is especially effective when used alongside freeze frames to reveal more about the characters to the audience.
  • Question 9

Identify the missing word in this sentence and write it in box below:

 

__________________ is when you have two scenes running parallel to each other on different parts of the stage.

CORRECT ANSWER
Cross cutting
EDDIE SAYS
Cross cutting is the missing word here. This can be effective to show two closely related scenes which you could alternate between.
  • Question 10

What is the technique called where tension and drama is created through the slowing down of action? Write your answer below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Slow motion
slow motion
EDDIE SAYS
Slow motion is an effective technique used to heighten tension and drama. It is sometimes enhanced by the use of music.
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