Theatrical Storytelling From Page to Stage: An Applied Study in Writing and Performing Techniques

Gamal El-Sayed Hussein Mohamed Yakout
2015 Journalism and Mass Communication  
 Storytelling is an important performing art. Attracting theater practitioners and audiences are the main targets. Successful narrator communication is one of the biggest challenges even when theatres facilitate communication with scenery, lighting and costumes etc., as the performance depends primarily on the text and narrator for successful expression. This study views the most important techniques to create a well-made story at both text and performance levels. The researcher begins
more » ... tiating storytelling, imitation and characterization, as this understanding assists the objective of this study, which is to determine specific techniques to achieve successful communication with an audience. This research highlights elements which distort story structure; including immersion in narrative without incident description, identified as the most dangerous element due to description being essential to create suspense. 1 Text condensation is also crucial. A good writer uses his pen more for deletion than addition. Repeated reading and deletion to condense the story to its optimal is vital. Also included are techniques for good text rhythm in addition to production of captivating beginnings. Further techniques to raise audience attention in text and event building, as well as to determine conflict and types, narrator language use and the structure of the diagnostic viewer, finally, mastering story ending techniques are provided. At performance level, this research provides techniques in creativity prologue, good story rhythm, body language and eye contact together with prop (object) use; all of which enable the narrator to capture and retain audience attention throughout. This research concludes with recommendations on how to achieve a good storytelling performance.
doi:10.17265/2160-6579/2015.11.001 fatcat:deii23scmfezvjlwba65zzpqve