Drama Coursework: Absurdism Freeze Frames We used freeze frames in drama to create many absurd scenarios

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Drama Coursework: Absurdism

Freeze Frames

     We used freeze frames in drama to create many absurd scenarios. We co-ordinated our bodies with other people to create a scene and we held our positions for about 10 seconds. We usually did this whilst we were warming up our bodies; it also helped to see if as a group we could listen to other people and develop their ideas. We had to use our facial expressions to create an atmosphere and sometimes tension.

     We have used the technique of freezing at a specific point many times in drama this year. In groups, we have often created sketches and frozen our positions.

We had to pretend that we were on a train and we had stopped at a platform. Sheldon walked on the train and was bringing his pet elephant on a trip. Sheldon held a leash and was patting the pet on the back. I played one of four passengers; I cringed when they got on the train; as if the elephant smelt. The others did mostly the same but were moving out of the way for the elephant whilst holding their noses. My group for this sketch was: Stephen, Sheldon, Helen and myself.

 It was a very strange image to comprehend, but that is what abusrdism is all about.


     The use of freeze frames in general helps me to appreciate that every scene counts. Every aspect of the play is important, not just the important ones. It helps me to just have a little pause in time and think about what we are doing. Sometimes with freeze frames you can use thought tracking. This is a pause in time and helps the audience keep track of what goes on inside the actor’s/actresses head.

When it is used in absurdism, it helps me to stop and look around me. I’m thinking, “This is very weird” and “what’s happening here”.

Freeze frames help to create an atmosphere. It creates tension and other emotions.

Mime: There are two types of mime:

  • Acting without dialogue or sound. But relying on action, facial expressions and body expressions.
  • Acting with sound and dialogue but without the use of props.

     We used mime with no sound to a rhythm. We did every day chores, like putting your books in your bag or looking for your house key to four different actions or positions. Just like this:

  • Picture 1: I bent down and with both hands push the draw closed. I showed that the draw was stiff by clenching my teeth as I pushed.

  • Picture 2: I stayed down low and pulled the draw out viciously by sudden movements in my body and arm. It suddenly jerked away from the draw as I pulled.

  • Picture 3: I pretended to reach inside the draw and pretended to pull out a               mass of books. I pretended to grip them tightly so the didn’t fall.

  • Picture 4: On the last beat of the drum I opened a bag carefully and shoved the books in there quickly.

All of these actions were to the beat of the drum. The drum continued in beats of four.

First I was on my own with my own idea of putting my books in my bag to the beat and time it right, and then when I did it with Stephen. We had to try and co-ordinate ourselves with the beat and each other. It was quite amusing. We worked with another group with Adrian and Becky but we used Becky’s idea of finding your house keys.

     Our group worked well as a group. Our performance was effective because we co-ordinated with each other well to the beat of the drum.


Sound Collage

     Sound collage is an unusual way of expressing an emotion, an atmosphere or a situation. Instead of using dialogue, you use sounds. These sounds contrast with each other. One way in which to present sound collage is by:

  1. Lie down in a group in a circle, head facing inwards. Eyes closed.
  2. Together, come up with a situation, emotion or an atmosphere.
  3. Think of a sound that would portray that idea.
  4. Make that sound that you thought of.
  5. One person gets up, walks around the circle silently and taps another on the shoulder.
  6. That person does the same and so on.
  7. While walking around that circle, try to paint a picture in your head. Listen carefully to the contrast in sounds until everyone has left the circle.
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     We used this technique of sound collage to get the situation of a London market. Some people could be on the stalls shouting their special offers out. “Three bananas for £1” for example. Others might be rustling their pockets for change.

When most people are doing something different and you are out of the circle, the atmosphere is peculiar but seems very real when you imagine it.

     We also performed “The Bivouacs Fitful Flame” in a sound collage. My group consisted of Adrian, Lisa, Hannah and myself. Lisa was a person hidden by ...

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