# Drama

## What is a tableau?

Tableau, is when people make still images using with their bodies to represent a scene or demonstrate your understanding of something.

Tableau comes from the term living picture. You need to create a still picture, using your bodies, to communicate your understanding of a concept.

Drama Class Tableaux
Snow white drama tableau
DRAMA TABLEAU

## Basic Tableaux

Tableaux are essentially still images, they are an incredibly important tool used to structure and frame learners work, giving them a sense of space and dramatic action. They can be used in endless ways, but the principle is always the same. Here are a few examples of how to use tableaux effectively Basic tableaux

• Put into groups of 4/5 – mixing friendship groups
• They are then given a situation and 2 minutes to create a Still Image of an event –

• ‘Wedding’
• ‘Christening’
• ‘Funeral’
• ‘Surprise Party’
• 'camp fire'

• Count down from 5, use count to assume the Still Image position for audience to observe, (or could do it as a competition, which group can do it faster). Exercise is really adaptable and can be cross referenced to other curricular lessons, base on particular themes, history, science etc. i.e. famous historical images such as ‘The Battle of Hastings’, or Rosa Parks.
• Before each new still image, change the groups to ensure that the students work in different groups each time
• Come back to a circle and ask what made various still images effective

## Tableau Ideas - Shapes

Some shapes for them to form:

• A square – with equal sides and right-angle corners
• The number 8
• An upper case/capital H
• The number 4
• A percentage symbol (%)
• Two triangles – with appropriate pointy corners
• A cube – with equal sides – including height!
• An upper case/capital A then a lower case/small a – then ask them to move from one to the other in as few moves as possible
• An elephant
• The Eiffel Tower or a working Tower Bridge
• An aeroplane – then as an add-on, ask the aeroplane to move (changes may be necessary)

## Other tableau ideas:

• A square where everyone’s face can be seen from the front (encourage different heights)
• A family portrait photo
• A boat tableau
• A living room scene
• A forest scene (the mood of the forest is up to them – it could be creepy, it could be happy)
• A clock
• A royal procession

## Tableau Variations

Guess the Tableau

Give each group of students their tableau topic as a secret they should keep. When each group presents, the class should guess what each group is presenting and provide evidence for their choice.

Tableau Series

Have students create a series of tableaus with short narration or dialogue in between to link the tableaus (assuming each group has a different prompt or concept that they are working on, within the same unit).

Tableau With a Twist

After the students "freeze" into their Tablear, the teacher taps a student in the Tableau on the shoulder and the student makes a short statement about their character in the Tableau.

Tableau Interview

After the students "freeze" into their Tableau, the teacher or a studetn acts as a reporter and conducts short interviews with individuals acting in the Tableau.

## Telling A Story Using Only Your Body

Attraction Shadow Theatre Dancers [HD] Britains got talent 2013 (auditions)
Attraction perform their stunning shadow act Week 1 Auditions _ Britain's Got Talent 2013 - YouTube

## Improvisation - 'Improv'

Improv Class - Part 1