Freeze frame / Still image / Tableau
Freeze frames are an excellent way of exploring an idea, emotion or theme. Professor Jonathan Neelands describes this as the way that groups, '...devise an image using their bodies to crystallise a moment, idea or theme.'
Imagine having the ability to push the pause button on life - what would you see?
Each group has devised a role play about a group of pupils receiving their final report cards from a teacher. Freeze frames can be used to explore the reaction of a pupil the moment the envelope is opened. Their facial expression, body language, gesture, use of space and levels etc. can be analysed by an audience. This can then be contrasted to a pupil in the same still image who has not yet received their report. Speech and movement can then continue. This freeze frame can allow for dramatic focus on the emotions the pupils' are feeling.
Each group has devised a scene of a family having dinner. Perhaps one of the children has just returned from his first day at a new school, the mother thinks her child might be using drugs, and the father had an important meeting with a new client.
The use of freeze frames here allows for an exploration what we say might not be the same as how we feel; a character's inner thoughts; and the foreshadowing of a future event.