Warm-Up of the Week: Do You Believe Me?

This a super quick activity to get your student’s thinking about the delivery of dialogue in performance.

  1. Select a student to stand facing the wall at one end of the room.
  2. Have the remaining student’s in the class form a straight line behind the chosen student.
  3. Choose a line of dialogue, for example, “I love you.”
  4. Have each student say the line to the person at the other end of the room.
  5. The solo student should only turn around if they believe the person who delivered the line.

Swap students and lines. Obtain feedback from the student’s after each round. Remember, each person will have a different point of view when it comes to the delivery of lines. It’s important to let the student’s know this so they don’t become disheartened if someone doesn’t turn around for them.

6 Comments

    • Hi Samuel,

      Honestly, the lines could be anything as long as they come from a place of emotion.

      ANGER: “I never want to see you again.”
      DISBELIEF: “How could you do this? Why did you do this?”
      EXCITEMENT: “This is going to be the best day ever!”

      You could further this exercise by looking at spatial proximity between the actors (even though they are not facing each other, what would the effect be if they were closer to them?), the use of volume to deliver the lines etc.

      I hope that helps. Thanks for taking the time to comment and read the blog.

    • The person listening to the line has to only turn around if they really believe that they way the person has delivered the line is in a convincing tone. For example, they need to hear the hate, anger, frustration, resentment if the line being delivered is, “I can’t believe you did this to me.” The idea is that they learn about conviction and belief which is a hard thing to teach because it doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people and now with the advent of text and emojis, it’s even harder.

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