For the past two weeks we focused on languages. This is very important to drama because it’s the way you communicate with the audiences, and also to change the situation of a play. In order to explore more about languages, we looked at how adults changed the way they talk with little kids and adults. I was thinking that the verbal is used the most, and it’s the only way to change the mood, but I realized that body languages and facial expression was very crucial as well, since body language and facial expression changed the situation a lot when one person was talking to adult compared to kids. Language will help us as the audience, and as actors, since we can understand what person wants to say easier.
In order to feel that in real life, we performed a scene where a little child and and his/her parents were at a cinema for his/her birthday, but the child and one of the parent are anxious because one of the parents are late, and after he/she came late, two parents will have to talk with each other with different uses of languages, facial expression, and body language towards the other parents and the child. I found a performance of Kana, Mira, Solon interesting since Kana used language, facial expression and body languages in different ways towards the child (Mira) and her husband (Solon). When there was Mira near Kana and Solon, Kana didn’t show her anger at Solon since Mira was near them, but right after Mira went to the bathroom Kana started to show anger towards Solon. However, as soon as Mira came back from bathroom and started to cry since they were arguing, they told her they’ll talk about that later, and they all became happy again.
Also, we also created a scene where a child king and one of the priest are waiting for another priest because they have very important ritual. So, me as a king, and Joshua as one of the priest, we were waiting for Takumi (other priest) to come, and when Takumi came late, Joshua and he are arguing, and after that, he had to come to me and apologize for the late arrival.
When we were making a scene of king and priests and performed, I realized that I was a bit too polite, so I didn’t really show the typical stereotype of child king, so maybe I should have spoken in different way, like a little bit more childish way, and I should also have acted like a child, as body language, by stooping.
Also, while looking at other groups’ act, I realized that whole situation and mood of the play changed when one person started talking in a different way, and this would increase or decrease the tension a lot, so that it’ll be exciting for the audiences to watch our scene.
Since you can change the mood and create a tension if you change the way you talk to person, it can be used in drama as well, and this is great way to change the whole situation and mood of the play. While studying about the languages, I found a deep relationships between tension and languages, since if you change the way you talk it can either increase or decrease the tension.
I would like to make a use of this style of changing the mood, and this can be used while I’m doing the presentation or speeches in order to create a tension to make my presentation exciting.