"Hmm... I wonder what that is..."
"Sniggers. That is one amazing art. It may look a tad immature, albeit it requires great dedication."
"Frowns. Squints hard at Rudha for a second. You still haven't told me what it really is."
"LARPING stands for Live Action Role PlayING. Shakes head to show the hopelessness of his counterpart."
"A surprised look on his face. Would you mind elaborating more on this? It's something quite unheard of in parts of the world where I belong.Wait, are we literally describing our actions out loud?"
"I guess so, yeah. Nods head"
"Widens eyes! That's wicked!"
"This type of LARPING is called 'table-top' LARPING and it's super fun actually. Come to think of it, how fun is it when the role players verbally describe their character actions?"
"Tabe-top LARPING you say? Scratches chin. Hmm... Explain, how different is this from dramatics, improvisational theater and the conventional art of acting (theatrics)?"
"Allow me to elaborate. Clears throat, coughs. Extends his hands outward like a magician about to expose his grand trick. Wish I had some music to go with this. Some drum roll would have been nice. Anyway, back to the point.
1. Shows the number 'one' with his finger. LARPING is an art otherwise called interactive literature or free-form role playing where the role players or 'larpers', physically act out their actions in an environment set in an often fictitious setting and plot. The larpers disguise themselves as the characters that they act and almost literally 'live' their roles during LARPING.
2.Now shows 'two'. Improvisational Theater is another form of stage play where the script prepared is of the least importance. The script simply acts as a base or a foundation while the dialogues and acting vary according to the scene and how the play proceeds. In other words, the script is 'improvised' during acting. Here, most or all of what is performed is created at the spur of the moment (at the moment when it is performed). Hence, the aliases, 'Improv or 'Impro'.
3.Shows three fingers. Conventional acting is the acting that we all know. It is the acting that we see in movies where almost everything is scripted, rehearsed and prepared. Albeit the director does allow some room for the actors to improvise their reactions, actions or expressions during a particular scene, too much deviation from the actual plot leads to that part being omitted entirely."
"Opens mouth wide in surprise! I never realised that there was this much to know in the world of stage plays, acting and drama."
"Shrugs casually. It just goes to say, never under estimate even the smallest of things. Dramatics, stage plays, scripts and dialogues. These aren't new to me actually. I come from a family that had all these elements. Well, it was just one person though and then that legacy faded into oblivion after his passing from this mortal world."
"That is so cool! Wish I was a part of such a family. Wait, I already am"
"Slaps his forehead with his palm in shame. For once Ani, YOU are DUMB and I have the upper hand."
"How popular is LARPING on the world level?"
|Characters ready to LARP|
"Sighs... I guess that's about it for now people! Until next time! Drops smoke-bomb, vanishes into thin air... Poof!"