Elements of Drama: Sound
Part 4 in a series exploring the use of various dramatic elements.
My definition of sound:
Modern theatrical practice relies on sound to assist in a number of ways. It can be useful in creating atmosphere or mood. Actors and their bodies can construct effective sound in performance. Small props can also create sound effects that can be used live during a show. Other uses of sound involve the implementation of technology, such as instrumental recordings, soundscapes and sound effects on CD.
My Year 11 Drama class explored sound in performance in a classroom setting via workshopping a brief skit. Their findings below refer to any use of sound in a dramatic performance that does not rely on the use of technology:
- sound can be created via exaggerated breathing or sighing
- sound can be created via a performer interacting with objects or props
- sound can be created by using the voice to create a myriad of sounds (eg. whoosh)
- sound can be created by using the body (limbs, feet etc.) for stomping, dragging feet and more
- sound can assist in the creation of tension, mood and changes in rhythm in a performance
- sound can be used to create a setting and develop character (eg. the typical teenage yawn)
- sound can assist in the visualisation of imaginary objects and props in a performance
- a complete lack of sound (silence) can also be very effective in a drama