How to Depict Illusion in Drama

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Depicting illusion in drama really allows you to let your creative side run wild. Depict illusion in drama with help from a professional actress and performer in this free video clip.

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Hello there, I'm Kendall McGuire, professional actress and today I'll be speaking to you about how to depict illusion in drama. Well theatre is sort of all about illusion but on the other hand there's that element of realness so it really adds a neat yen and yang quality to theatrical productions. So illusion, alright, well let's say for example, that time is passing. However much time the script calls for, let's say it's two weeks, okay, a fortnight needs to pass between scene one and scene two. Well what some people will do is they will do lights out and then sometimes there will be a music or when they arise they will be in a different place and there's different techniques that you can use to sort of aid to the illusion that time has passed. Another illusion, let's say you're in a monologue, I have a Greek monologue which is taken from Casandra's part in "Agamemnon". The beginning of the monologue she's looking over, now we're creating the illusion here that she's really seeing something. As an actor or actress you need to pick a point, or every time you look back, it's not like it's there, it's there, you know it needs to be that same points, it comes, it comes, oh misery. You know, in other words you're really seeing something, you're creating an illusion. Have fun practicing these techniques. I'm Kendall McGuire.


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