Using scripts – Rhinegold Publishing

Using scripts


For a drama teacher, there is nothing more frustrating to see on stage than students reading from a script that is still in their hand, without emotion, facial expression, vocal intonation, movement or any awareness that the script was written to be acted out, performed and interpreted. 

Equally frustrating is the student who loses interest in the text they are working on because they do not have enough lines to speak, unaware of what is possible to achieve with very few lines. This article considers how it is possible to change students’ perceptions about how they view scripts and offers some are advice to the drama teacher on lifting a script ‘from page to stage’.

This scheme of work is written as a sequence of six extended lessons that can be taught as a complete scheme or simply dipped into as required.

Learning objectives:

  • To consider the usefulness of non-word sounds in bringing a script to life
  • To recognise style and genre within a script, and to experiment with the genre of a script in order to bring life to what might seem to be lifeless words
  • To explore ways of developing vocal range and articulation in the interpretation of a script
  • To explore scripts that require actors to use multi-role
  • To understand how pace can add life to a script
  • To introduce some of the basic principles of Stanislavski to students

Number of Lessons: 6

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