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Rhythm
The timing and pace of the drama. It also means the beat or tempo of the performance.
Role
The imaginative identity taken on by an actor
Role-play
When you're pretending to be another person and using your imagination to speak, think and even feel like that character.
Scenario
Situation
Scene
A unit of drama
Spontaneous
Doing something unplanned or on an impulse
Staging
How something is put on stage
Stance
The way you are stood
Status
The level in society someone is, or how much someone dominates a dramatic scene.
Stereotype
To play a generalised or exaggerated version of a certain type of person.
Stimulus
An object you are expected to formulate a response to or be inspired by
Structure
How a play is constructed or plotted
Tableau
An arrangement in freeze-frame that expresses an idea or emotion
Tension
Where mental pressure or emotional intensity is used to provoke a response, focus attention, or heighten involvement.
Thought-tracking
A reflective process that reveals the private thoughts of roles at specific moments in the action.
Thought-tunnel
As a thought track, but one person walks down the middle of two lines of people as a character. The two lines say what the character is thinking or what others think about them
Timing
The execution of a line or movement at a specific moment to achieve the truest effect.
Tone
The emotional quality in the voice that expresses the speaker's feelings or thoughts.