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Given Circumstances and DNA

Introduction to DNA through the Given Circumstances
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Mick Doody

on 5 March 2013

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Transcript of Given Circumstances and DNA

Evaluation Your tasks How can we turn text into a Realistic performance? Notes Place your own picture
behind this frame! Double click to crop it if necessary San Francisco Budapest Important
Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Stockholm (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Stanislavski, a Russian theatre practitioner, created a system for acting and part of this system was ‘The Given Circumstances’ The Given Circumstances are the facts given to an actor from the script or situation.
WHO? WHAT?
WHY? WHEN?
WHERE? These details will affect the way the actor performs and should result in a realistic performance. We are going to look at the opening of ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly.
What are ‘The Given Circumstances’ of this scene? Scenario 2: Mark has been part of a group of teenagers who have accidentally killed one of their friends. Jan was part of the bullying of this boy but she left before he was actually killed. It is late at night, at Jan's front door.... How can the 'Given
Circumstances' affect the
performance of an actor? Assets map details doodles notes outlook photo frame Jan: Dead?
Mark: Yeah
Jan: What, dead?
Mark: Yeah
Jan: Like dead, dead
Mark: Yes
Jan: proper dead, not living dead?
Mark: Not living dead, yes.
Jan: Are you sure?
Mark: Yes
Jan: I mean there’s no
Mark: No
Jan: Mistake or
Mark: No mistake.
Jan: It’s not a joke
Mark: It’s not a joke.
Jan: Coz it’s not funny
Mark: It’s not funny because it’s not a joke, if it was a joke it would be funny.
Jan: Not hiding?
Mark: Not hiding, dead.
Jan: Not
Mark: Dead
Jan: Oh
Mark: Yes
Jan: God.
Mark: Yes.
Jan: God
Mark: Exactly
Pause
Jan: What are we going to do? We will learn about how to develop a realistic performance through the use of ‘The Given Circumstances’. TASK 1:
With the person next to you. Discuss what the ‘Given Circumstances’ of this script are.
WHO are they?
WHY are they here?
WHERE are they?
WHAT has happened?
WHEN is it? Scenario 1: Jan is the boss of a company, she is very cross with Mark as his work has been slipping. Mark is very nervous and has been having problems at home as well as work. They are in Jan's office it is first thing in the morning. THINK....

HOW DOES CHANGING THE CIRCUMSTANCES AFFECT THE WAY WE PERFORM THE SCENE? What are the 'Given Circumstances'? Why are they important in a performance? Advice to actors
'Put life into the imagined circumstances and actions until you have completely satisfied your sense of truth and until you have awakened a sense of faith in the reality of your own sensations' WHO? WHAT? WHY? WHERE? WHEN? Start Cooking Was this difficult to get started?
What did you think about before you began?
What information was missing? This time imagine you are at home, cooking for yourself, just after arriving home after school. This time imagine you are slghtly older and you are holding a dinner party for lots of important people you want to impress- they all have different tastes and you are cooking more than one thing at a time !!!
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