ANALYSIS WORD BANK

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ANALYSIS WORD BANK
NON-NATURALISM
Use of multiple time frames
Stylised movement
Actor playing multiple roles
Transformation of character
Use of projection/multimedia to convey message
Use of narrator (s)
Use of placards and signs
Actors as props and/or set pieces
Use of song or poetry to convey a message
Visible stage lights and other equipment
Sophisticated use of freeze frames
Transformation of props
Use of music
Limited use of emotion
Use of flashbacks and flash forwards
Happy scenes performed sadly and vice-versa
Fragmentary sets
Limited physical involvement between characters
Actors swapping roles in performance
Actors speaking stage directions aloud
Self contained episodes ( not scenes)
Characters with backs to the audience
Speaking directly to the audience (breaking down of the 4th wall)
symbolism
EXPRESSIVE SKILLS
Voice- monotone, stylised- poetry, singing, change of metre, high pitch low pitch, rumbling voice, shrill voice, shouting, whispering,
breathy
high-pitched
appealing
croaky
ringing
raspy
sandy
lilting
doubtful
dulcet
covered
brittle
reedy
gruff
harsh
flutter
rough
pressed
husky
twang
threatening
sincere
scornful
dictatorial
gurgling
whisper
yell
earsplitting
crackly
jittery
shriek
scream
screech
elated
raucous
monotonous
shrill
honeyed
squawk
low
slow-paced
irreverent
low-pitched
toneless
sorrowful
piercing
dogmatic
intonation
mutter
flat
melodic
thin
resonant
throaty
warm
low
high
unbiased
direct
banging
charming
mocking
modulated
cynical
gutural
undertone
impassioned
superior
taut
indignant
fruity
righteous
bitter
arrogant
sarcastic
outraged
thick
inquisitive
strident
remorseful
softly
pleading
evasive
jovial
gravelly
small
ambitious
raw
nasally
joyful
optimistic
grating
quiet
affectionate
silvery
pessimistic
growl
solemn
smoky
nostalgic
strained
cheerful
nasal
biased
wobbly
apathetic
sentimental
ambivalent
shout
alarming
encouraging
fast
whiny
forgiving
informal
thoughtful
flippant
sympathetic
booming
superior
penetrating
clamorous
softly spoken
pitch
rumbling
conceited
bleating
matter of fact
deafening
creaky
honky
appreciative
plummy
grumble
timbre
groan
fast-paced
faint
thud
unforgiving
tone
pitch
pace
projection
emphasis
stress
articulation
Laban Effort Actions
Movementchase dash creep speedy drag nimble sprint tiptoe crawl brisk slouch loiter slink agile measured leisurely flee gallop lazy bolt waddle stalk streak walk slow sneak
propel quick heave stroll west shake crawl trudge step dawdle march slide sway hop saunter behind shuffle waltz tumble meander swagger hop fast stroll wriggle
stomp stagger skip creep climb languid gallop downwind drag ram walk amble scamper zip stately strut deft jog plummet wiggle swift scuttle jump sudden mosey
fly leisurely run throw lazy behind roll pass light leap deliberate dart tiptoe plod zoom direct scramble jump spring skate skip turn hop strong punch bound free clap
twist plunge dance crawl grab catch stamp pluck pull prance ahead chop twirl flip careen dive sway turn upwind strike hurl move wring rise flap glide bend snake
climb dig close lift strut bounce swing north flounce tumble jog sail homeward lumber stretch melt edge burst leap under drive zoom bound duck soar dodge turn
propel pose swerve non-linear streak clockwise sprint tap spin open march over pose balance drop rush race smash hurry whisk lift barrel fall plod shrug skitter
spin worm bolt linear swoop chase freeze zip scramble hang poke tickle left trot down worm east right hurry shove zigzag stagger saunter carve jab slide up slink
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Facial expressionExpressionless, furtive happy ecstatic blissful meaningful angry bleak masked aggressive wide-eyed agonised bashful gazing anxious inscrutable hunted demure
sullen sad curious doleful grieving petulant appealing negative exasperated thoughtful deceitful faint hysterical obstinate impassive haunted roguish hostile veiled
optimistic hopeless choleric smug paranoid radiant blithe mild exhausted black perpelexed blank withering miserable cautious mournful alluring surprised taut
weary relieved puzzled sly etched worried regretful lovestruck sardonic hurt cheerless pleading absent confident frustrated bored fixed apologetic hard guilty tense
grave crestfallen scowl prudish brooding dreamy cheerful envious distasteful composed cold taunting frightened somber fake dour mild shamefaced grave morose
hot pained searching horrified disgusted despondent leering deadpan derisive mischievous downcast coy moody sympathetic pitying cool concealed chagrined
glancing pitying honest enraged indifferent peeved determined innocent tight-lipped befuddled glowing dark shocked grim pleading wary straight-faced dejected
glazed vacant lonely disappointed set scornful calculating joyful concentrating meditative dreamy satisfied undecided interested quizzical disbelieving jeering
cheeky surly haunting bug-eyed disapproving glaring idiotic wry withdrawn sheepish evil-looking languid furrowed pursed small heart-shaped tear-filled piercing
almond oval sorrowful full slanting thin bulging squinty grimace mesmerising beaming pouting compassionate gentle puckered brown-eyed smile bulging wide-eyed
round blue-eyed
Gesturesalute nervous wave gesticulate handshake loser (L) fist pump head shake A-okay (circle) wink stiff patting hair uneasy wave uncomfortable rubbing ear sign
hitchhiking thumb Vulcan salute high five head down finger gun rubbing hands genuflect raised fist hands wide apart biting nails glove handshake Scout handshake
head shrug thumbs up gripping hands Nazi salute hands on hips ‘talk to the hand’ rubbing hands chin in hands hand over mouth touching nose head in hands
pointing back of hand to forehead one-finger salute scratch two-finger salute peace sign clasping hands legs crossed nod arms folded hands in pockets tapping
fingers car horn sign finger clicking thumbs down wooden stroking chin head tilt curtsy body shrug
Verbal Language
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What is said and to whom
Mood of the language
Accents
Tone
(Dynamics) Pace, pitch and volume
Vocal mannerisms/idiosynchrasies
Pause and silence for emphasis of language/meaning
of words.
Diction and articulation
Projection
Vocal noises – singing, animal noises, grunting,
playing inanimate objects
Crying
Use of breath (audible)
Rhythm of speech
Non Verbal Language
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What is implied
What is physicalised
Eye contact
Gestures
Physical mannerisms/idiosynchrasies
Gait (stance)/Posture
Pause and silence to create emotion, tension, infer
subtext.
Use of space
Placement and movement on stage and within the
audience
Facial expressions – to portray emotions
Projection of energy
Use of props
Rhythm of movement
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