Marking the Moment
'Don't worry, nobody ever notices.'
Take a photo of the significant moment and place it in the drama space for your audience to see. Devise your scene around this photo. Add a caption that helps in your portrayal of theme (see above). The best captions are those which also act as a motif throughout a play. Imagine the scene above inserted into a performance about a young girl's downfall because she always thinks she'll never get caught stealing.
Instead of freezing the action, try using a spotlight as the significant action or dialogue takes place. If using spoken language as a motif, use the spotlight each time it is spoken. As an extension of this, after using the spotlight a few times in this way, finish by switching on the light as usual, but not speaking the lines. Silence can be as equally powerful as spoken language.
Marking the moment in a piece of drama work can be done in many ways. The intention is to draw the audience's focus on a significant event, or feeling.
The video on the left shows a group of pupils, who are shopping, using a 'freeze' to mark the moment of a theft taking place.
Time is 'frozen' to create dramatic focus upon the theft.
Another way to draw the audience's focus could be to replay the 'marked moment'.
Ask a character to step out of the drama and narrate the inner thoughts of an individual, or of themselves, to describe what they are feeling, or how they saw the event taking place.