‘In this week’s class we went over scripts, conflict, resolution and improvisation. After the loosen up games the tutor went into conflict a bit more, by explaining that every scene in all productions will have some type of conflict.
It can be something very small, like two characters arguing over a bottle of water, with one character wanting the bottle and the other trying to keep it for someone else.
We followed this up by looking at a two character scene in detail and how conflict is part of scene structure. The scene involved a lecturer who had just issued a project to his class, then paired up his students, and wasn’t prepared to change his decision.
The other character was one of the students who wasn’t happy with the partner they were assigned and had to convince the lecturer to change his mind.
Two of my classmates acted out the scene and had to stick to the description of each character, not giving in to each other. The scene kept going until the tutor stepped in and asked them how they felt it went. They both said it was much easier improvising by having a plan and going with it.
What was interesting though is how our tutor used it to explain the importance of resolution of conflict in a scene. Without some sort of resolution, a scene can’t end and progress with the central conflict unresolved. I really liked how this broke down the structure of scenes. Even by just watching a TV program, I can now see how scenes are worked through, and how the tutor’s lesson applies.
Our next lesson saw us working with a script that had a horror overtone to it. It was set in a forest, with a girl that lost her boyfriend. She then runs into a man who lives in a cabin in the forest. As we worked through it our tutor asked us to change it from horror to something else, but not to change the actual dialogue.
Everyone had ten to fifteen minutes to work on their script and present it to the rest of the class. We all had our own spin on the scene and after each had presented it, we talked about how it came across. It’s great to see how relaxed the whole class is now with performing in front of others, and how far we’ve all come from week one!
This has been my favourite week so far, it was very interesting learning about scene structure and going into a bit more detail on all the things we did in the class. Every week I’m learning loads and I’m really looking forward to next week’s class’ – I can’t believe the term is almost over! It has flown by’!
Inspired by Paddy’s experience so far? Why not sign up to one of an Introduction to Drama class at The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland starting in the New Year (from 13th January 2015)? We run ‘Intro’ classes 4 nights a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. Pick the day that suits you best and sign up here! We advise people to book early to secure their prefered day. Other Adult Short Courses running from January include Acting for Camera, Stand Up Comedy, Long Form Improv, TV Presentation and Radio Presentation and many more follow on courses….