When carrying out a performance, your voice and gestures are powerful tools that can bring the performance to life. Let’s look at how you can use them effectively.
Your voice can convey a range of emotions and create different effects. Here’s how:
For example, if you’re playing a character who’s just won the lottery, you might use a loud volume, high pitch, quick pace and cheerful tone to show their excitement.
Your gestures, facial expressions and body language can reinforce your spoken message and show your character’s emotions.
Different characters, moods and settings require different uses of voice and gesture.
For example, a king might speak in a loud, slow, low-pitched voice and use grand gestures, while a child might speak in a high-pitched, quick voice and use small, energetic gestures.
Pauses or silence can add drama, create suspense or give the audience time to absorb important information. For example, you might pause before revealing a key piece of information to build suspense.
Consider this example from a dramatic monologue:
“I stood there, in the middle of the room, everyone’s eyes on me. I took a deep breath… (pause) and then I told them the truth.”
The pause here builds suspense and draws the audience in, making the revelation more impactful.