VCE Drama Unlocked: Creating Characters (Unit 4 Drama Solo) by Impro Melbourne

When faced with the prospect of creating a solo performance many students become ‘blocked’, trying to work out every detail before even getting onto the floor. Creating a range of different characters and the ability to ‘transform’ between one character and the next within a solo performance is often a challenge rather than a joy.

This workshop focusses on the key area of character creation and character transformation that is required in the VCE Unit 4 Drama Solo Task. The Impro Melbourne teacher will use a range of exercises to build skills to create characters physically and vocally. Accessing the work of Rudolf Laban, Anne Bogart and many other practitioners the students will be encouraged to unlock creativity and explore a wide range of character choices and how to sustain them physically and vocally.

The second half of the workshop then focusses on how to transform between characters by using space, snap changes and ‘morphing’ and how use of focus and gaze builds the believability that a number of characters are existing in a single space. The workshop can be used as an overall general starting point or as a workshop to look a specific choices the students are making on their Solo Structure choice.

This workshop can also be adapted to help students working on their Monologue task for Theatre Studies with physical and vocal characterisation.

Improvisation is a key skill in performance creation and used as a rehearsal process globally by theatre practitioners and directors. This workshop links to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, Levels 8, 9 and 10.

Impro Melbourne's teachers are passionate, highly experienced professional actors who love inspiring creativity in students. They teach at various arts institutions, including the Victorian College of the Arts, St Martin's Theatre, Melbourne Polytechnic, NICA and Malthouse Theatre. They bring their unique understanding of creative performance and theatrical skill to open up and de-mystify the VCE Drama tasks for teachers and students alike.

Victorian Curriculum Links: The Arts

VCE Links: Drama and Theatre Studies with a focus on VCE Unit 3 and 4 Drama

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social, Ethical

This workshop will also be available at a reduced price for regional venues as part of Impro Melbourne's On the Road tour in Term 1 2020. 

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Create a range of different characters and learn how to ‘transform’ between one character and the next within a solo performance.

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Metro: 29th Jan 2019 to 20th Dec 2019
Metro: 28th Jan 2020 to 18th Dec 2020
Regional: 29th Jan 2019 to 20th Dec 2019
Regional: 28th Jan 2020 to 18th Dec 2020

Impro Melbourne
Duration: 90 mins
Artform: Drama
Minimum fee: $450 + GST. Additional fees apply for regional tours. Please contact us on 03 9644 1808 or for more information.
Suitability: Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Maximum Student Attendance: 30
Booking info: Technical Requirements: Require space large enough for all students to be standing and moving freely around. Workshops can be noisy so need to be in area that will not disturb other classes.