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Glossary - elements of drama

elements of drama

role, character and relationships:

role and character : identification and portrayal of a person’s values, attitudes, intentions and actions as imagined relationships, situations and ideas in dramatic action; role focus on type and stereotype; characters are detailed and specific

relationships: the connections and interactions between people that affect the dramatic action

situation: the setting and circumstances of the dramatic action – the who, what, where, when and what is at stake of the roles/characters

voice and movement:

voice: using voice expressively to create roles, situations, relationships, atmosphere and symbols

movement: using facial expression, posture and action expressively in space and time to create roles, situations, relationships, atmosphere and symbols

focus: directing and intensifying attention and framing moments of dramatic action

tension: sense of anticipation or conflict within characters or character relationships, or problems, surprise and mystery in stories and ideas to propel dramatic action and create audience engagement

space and time:

space: the physical space of the performance and audience, fictional space of the dramatic action and the emotional space between characters

time: fictional time in the narrative or setting; timing of one moment to the next contributing to the tension and rhythm of dramatic action

language, ideas, dramatic meaning, mood and atmosphere, and symbol:

language, ideas and dramatic meaning: the choice of linguistic expression and ideas in drama used to create dramatic action

mood and atmosphere: the feeling or tone of both the physical space and the dramatic action created by or emerging from the performance

symbol: associations that occur when something is used to represent something else to reinforce or extend dramatic meaning

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