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The force that engages the performers and audience

in the dramatic action.
tension should preferably have the opportunity to build in the drama
“The frame that directs attention to what is most significant and
if tension builds too slowly, it will die in the middle of a scene
intensifies the dramatic meaning”.
if tension builds too quickly, it may appear ineffective or artificial
A strong performance piece will have a clear intent which influences
pace now becomes a key factor in the development of tension
the performers’ motivation and channels the attention of the audience.
tension can occur when performers raise their voice > shouting
In other words the piece has a clear focus which determines the focus
the opposite is also true, as tension can also occur with stillness and silence in the drama
of the character and actor and directs the focus of the audience.
tension can be created by the unknown
There are 4 closely related areas of focus:
tension can be created simply by the audience following where characters look on (or off) stage
1. the focus of the scene
tension can be created via heavy use of emotion/s with and between characters
2. the focus of the audience
blocking (positioning of actors) can also create tension
3. the focus of the character
4. the focus of the actor.

The use of difference to create dramatic
The personal and general space used by the actors. It focuses on Contrast is an effective means to emphasise,
the meaning of the size and shape of distances between actor and heighten or intensify. Contrasting colours stand
actor, actor and objects (props and sets) and actor and audience.” out on the stage. Contrasting sizes, shapes and
sounds draw attention.
Acting Skills
Vocals-use of pause/ pitch/ pace/ tone/
Taking on a role requires Movement – exaggeration/
The use of objects, gestures or persons to represent performers to accept the precision/pace/rhythm/proxemics
meaning beyond the literal. The atmosphere created. Mood concentrates physicality, attitudes and Facial expressions – naturalistic/
Every culture has developed an elaborate series of signals the dramatic action and moves the audience in beliefs of the characters exaggerated/specific emotions
where objects are endowed with meaning. It is possible to emotionally appropriate directions. they are playing. Gestures – bold/conveying emotion
signal complex ideas through commonly recognised /emphasise words or phrases
symbols. Posture – Status/age/attitude
Interaction – proxemics/character
objective/eye contact/ physical
interaction – shaking hands, pushing etc