Tension and Relationship
So the Key Idea for the last two weeks were about tension is the act of stretching or straining. So in Drama, tension is needed because by using tension you are able to get the readers attention. There are three kinds/types of tension: Task, Mystery, Relationship, and Surprise. The tension in task can be hard or important. The tension in mystery can be like suspense or an incident. Tension in relationship can be like a dilemma, conflict, or just relationships between people. Last but not least, tension in surprise can be expected or unexpected.
In the past two weeks, we played many games, but the one that stands out to me the most is the Holy Hat Game. We sit in a circle around the “Holy Hat” and we have to respect/worship the “Holy Hat”. The objective of the game is to concentrate and not laugh or talk, even if something really happens. If you laugh or talk, you have to do something “embarrassing” like dance around the hat. About 30 seconds we started the game, Mr. Meiklejohn(our leader of this ceremony) sings, “Holy Hat, Oh Holy Hat”. Now that was unexpected tension. There was complete silence before he sang this. No one was expecting this. Now I had to laugh. Later, Mr. Meiklejohn asked a person who has a lot of sense in humor to sing. Now that was expected tension because we knew that he would make us laugh. So, he sang and even Mr. Meiklejohn laughed and that was the end of the game.
So, for the tension summative assignment, we were in groups of 4 or 5. In that group, we had to make a series of two scenes or more and build tension in those scenes. In my group, we did a love/romantic scene(ooooooohhh). I think that we were able to build enough tension in the scene. Our group built tension by having many romantic scenes and some sad/mad scenes. Our first scene was a scene where two couples found out that both of them were cheating on each other and both of them broke up. Later, both of them are dating another person and they see each other on the road. They actually see each other getting proposed and proposing to the new partner. I think seeing your ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend getting proposed or proposing builds up a lot of tension. Later, the girl who broke up talks to her grandfather and the grandfather eventually tells her to go and date the boy again. At this time the boy was also thinking about getting back with the girl. So on the day of the wedding of the boy, the girl also comes. When the priest asks if the boy will accept the new partner as his wife, he says no. Then he says that he loves the girl who he broke up with. And at the end, they kiss. So, as I said before, our group built quite a lot of tension.
The outcome of the past two weeks was that I was able to improve my romantic skills(nice right). No, that is not what I gained during this past two weeks. I have learned how to create/build tension. I think that tension is a big part of drama and when you have tension in your scenes, you will grab the audiences attention. But, I think I need to improve on my skills of creating tension. To create tension, I will look at people who are good at creating tension and “copy” them and learn from them(standing on giants shoulders).
The connection of live theater and our past two weeks was that all the things we did, I think all the people who act in theater go through this stage. Also, in real life theater, tension is used a lot.