|Tableau / Still Image|
A still image or tableau can be used in solo work up to large group work in order to portray the given subject matter. A very useful tool in drama since it can form the basis of many sessions and activities.
When creating a tableau the participants need to focus on their physical positioning, body language and facial expression. There is no speech in a tableau and as such the importance of their physicality should be stressed.
In creating a tableau the participants are putting themselves into a scene as characters with thoughts and feelings. They must ask themselves:
For younger participants it can be described as a photograph and for the first few tableaux you can be the photographer who is positioning the subjects, moulding their expressions, etc
Tableaux work very well alongside Movement. For example, taking 2 contrasting subjects such as Happy and Sad and asking a group to devise 2 tableaux with movement between them.
This can be built up and adapted to form a larger performance piece.