Class 5
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I need them to feel intention when reading.

Attendance & Announcements (5 min)

  • Some people have handed me speeches that are taken from the internet or something I would have sent in an email
  • A reminder that you are to hand in to me the version from the Drama Online (erase the hyperlinks) with your name, the play, the act, the scene, the lines and the line numbers.
  • The request for Drama Online is not whimsical.

Walk around the room at the seven speeds (5 min)

Game (3 min)

  • I know that like me you?

Exercise (10 min)

  • How many A’s in A?
  • one person goes into the centre and expresses a feeling, emotion or idea using the letter using only the sound and a gesture

Levels of tension (15 minutes)

Speech work (40 minutes)

Forget all that stuff about lines for now, pause and caesuras…

Connecting with the verse

  • Walking the sentence.
    • Volunteer values:
      • start and stop precisely.
      • Walk with intention to get someone’s attention ahead of you
      • No acting.
      • Change direction.
    • Each sentence is a journey.
    • Walk with intention – level 4 at least.
      • With everyone, or with groups of 4 or 5, have everyone watch.
  • Phrase by Phrase
    • Changing direction
    • Changing position
    • Changing chairs

Review Assignments: (15 min)

  • Remind them that the Speech Written Assignment is up
  • Review the Research Assignment
  • Only describe the process for the presentations
  • Remember to read the assignment on for Friday
  • Remind them

Review: (5 min)



We start to explore the movement factors that form the basis of Laban’s eight efforts as an approach to character.

We start to explore hidden stage directions Shakespeare gives us using iambic pentameter.

Learning Objectives:

    • Hidden stage directions:
      • Inferred stage directions
      • Kinds of thoughts
      • Get the feeling for it (length, frequency of thought – Laban quick sustained can hook into this too).
    • Understanding light and heavy syllables
    • Counting syllables to determine regular, irregular lines, and weak endings
  • Missing words

By the end of this class, the students should be able to complete Sections C2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 & 9 of the written assignment.

Attendance and Game
  • Speeches still to come from: Taylor, Kayla, Breanna
  • Consent for contact check-in


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Focus on Breath
  • This lying down warm-up will focus on relaxation to help the breath drop.
  • It will further focus letting the throat and nose take a rest from the breathing process.
    • If not already, check in re: consent to contact
    • Start with Michael’s rib stretching warm-up
    • Find a book to put under your head to help keep your breathing passage level.
    • Find a chair.
    • Lie down with the book under your head
    • Put your legs up on the chair.
    • Feel your back flat on the floor.
    • Breathe
    • Check in with your breath
    • Use imagery, physical cues, or thoughts to coax it down
    • Once your breath is down, see if you can relax your throat, so it’s not helping air down
    • See if you can remind your nose to stay out of it
    • Aiming for pure intake, from the impulse
    • IAN: remove chairs from under legs
    • Coach them through a relaxed shift to bent over
    • Slow roll-up to align
  • Discussion
    • What did you discover about your breath?
  • Teaching points
    • You help your breath in lots of ways unconsciously, but your breath can actually take care of itself
    • Know that you can do this, if you need to


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Grandmother's Footsteps
  • The tip-toe diver grounding exercise
  • Other exercises if time permits


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Exercise Practice
Exercises from last class
  • Walking the sentence
  • Changing direction

Have them do these in groups of four or two fives and a six.

Give feedback to each group.

Ask the students to observe for the effect of what they see.

Remind them this is all research and exploration, not setting anything in stone.

Those who just went, make notes.


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Speech Work - Iambic Pentameter
  • Moving the metre (Houseman 77)
    • Stage 1: simple movement to pure iambic pentameter
      • one line (that comes to a sense of an ending)
      • two lines (with sense of not finished yet on first and and ending on the second)
      • three lines (with sense of not finished yet on the first and second, and a definite ending on the second)
      • etc.
      • ask Ahmed how he heard lines end so we knew it was verse?  Can he/we apply that to this?
    • Stage 2: apply pure iambic to your speech
  • What did people discover?
  • Prompts:
    • Did all lines make sense using that rhythm only?  Examples?  These are irregular lines
    • Did some lines seem to have more than 10 syllables?  Examples?
    • Did some have less? Examples? Is it a pause or a cue?
    • OR is it an “ed” or “tion” that completes the metre?
    • Contractions?  What about them?
    • Weak endings?
    • So what, then is a regular line?
    • Is a regular line always regular?
      • Except when you can choose to make it irregular
      • Except when there may be pronunciation differences between Elizabethan and our modern English
      • Except when there is an exclamation that might need to be stressed but is in a weak position
  • Do we always speak the speech with the same stress?  No, in real practice, the difference in weight is relative.
  • We always want the sense of moving forward, rather than stomping on the spot (trippingly on the tongue!)


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Rhythms (Boal)
  • Play a few minutes of the rhythm exercise from Boal (89)


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Speech Work - The Line
  • Walking the verse (Houseman 95)
  • Snapping your fingers
  • Kicking a chair (Berry)


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Announcements and Check-In
  • Clothing advisory
  • What have we learned so far?
  • What have we experienced so far?
  • Pronunciation: dost and doth.


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Work Time
Speech Written Assignment
  • Allow the students some time to work on their word definitions and translations


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