Theater Group

Set Text Analysis

Description

A basic understanding of text analysis and how to develop a character is essential when tackling a new text. We will offer a session on how to analyse text as a performer, drawing from a script to build an understanding of character intentions, how meaning is interpreted and communicated. We will also cover the intentions of the playwright, technical elements within the play, drama and theatre terminology and how to use it appropriately within analysis or written assessment. This workshop can be fully catered to contemporary or classical texts for your leisure. 

This workshop is designed to provide the students with the foundation to develop ideas for performance through the use of text, subtext, and exploration. The exercises used are inspired by a variety of recognised contrasting practitioners making it accessible for the students to reference each technique for future use. 

The session will be lead by our very own award-winning actor (Lewis) who professionally toured one of this year's set texts: I Love You, Mum, I Promise I Won't Die. Playing both Dan and the lead role Jack, he also worked alongside Mark Wheeller, assisting in the creation and direction of the very first performance of this text.

 

Whether it be a set text or chosen piece, this workshop provides an in-depth session of performance discovery and development. Each exercise will be explained in great detail so that the students understand how this is written and evaluated, how these can be used in the future, and why foundations are needed to create a fully authentic and understood piece.

Curriculum

We aim to provide the students with the tools to create and develop ideas to communicate a clear meaning through performance. Through a variety of exercises, this workshop will enable the students to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live theatre. This workshop will enable the students to understand and demonstrate their knowledge of how drama and theatre are developed and performed while providing them with a safe space to analyse and evaluate their work and the work of others.

Key Learning Points

  • An insight on how to successfully develop and discover a character

  • A practical exploration into contrasting theatre practitioners

  • A variety of text analysis exercises

  • An insight on how to create a character through the use of text

  • Explanations and terminology useful for logbooks and assessments