Acting - Communication

Communication is the culmination of using all your performance skills to communicate your ideas and intentions to the audience. For example, if you are sad, you must be able to communicate this emotion to the audience; likewise, if you are happy, you must also be able to communicate that emotion. When performing, you must also communicate with other group members and have a strong rapport with them. It is also important that you engage with your audience when you are performing and that your intentions are fully communicated - leaving the audience in no doubt as to what you were aiming to achieve. Communication should be a consistent and committed approach throughout the performance.

Action

To be successful

Advice or tips to help you

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· Non-verbal communication

· Consider non-verbal communication: eye contact, body language and gesture. A subtle look with the eyes can change the whole feel of a scene.

· Rehearse your piece just focusing on non-verbal communication. If you overemphasise them, you will focus on the communication of your character to an audience.

· Show that you understand your character by being sure of what you are communicating.

· Do thorough characterisation preparation through your Stanislavsky character analysis.

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· Engage with other performers and the audience

· Look at other performers. Correct eye contact can help convey the relationship you have with the other characters on stage.

· Ensure that when you are speaking to someone, you are aware of where they are positioned on the stage.

· React to what is happening on the stage.

· Ensure that you are reacting in the appropriate way and communicating your reactions clearly to the audience.

· Involve the audience emotionally. They need to feel what you are feeling as the character.

· Be convincing in what you are doing and make your performance believable.

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· Show your character's intentions

· Be clear as to what your character's intentions are. This will support your characterisation and help the audience understand your role.

· Undertake thorough character preparation. Build up a character profile and make it clear what you want to achieve at the end of the piece.

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· Be confident and prepared

· Be confident that you can communicate your character effectively to the audience.

· Ask the other members of the group to 'Hot seat' your character. This will show you the inner thoughts and feelings that you need to communicate to the audience.

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· Circle of attention

· Focus on the small details of your character. Things like little hand gestures. Are they a very warm person - if so, how will you show that?

· Concentrate on where/what you want your audience to focus. Choose a small part of the script and break it up into smaller units. Try to create some non-verbal communication for each unit that focuses the audience on how your character is feeling at the moment.

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· Eye movement

· Close your eyes, rather than look up.

· Closing your eyes can sometimes show the emotion behind the piece

· Try to look confident at all times.

· Eye contact with the audience shows that you are engaging with them. Practise in front of a small audience first and then build it up to a full performance with your target audience.