The structure of a play is the order in which action and scenes are placed. Stories can have either a linear or a non-linear structure. Dramatic tension can be an effective device in storytelling.
What is meant by the structure of a play?
The type of play, eg tragedy, comedy
The order in which the action and scenes are placed for dramatic effect
How many acts and scenes it has
What is a flashback?
When the action moves to an earlier period in time
When the action moves forwards in time
When a lighting blackout is used between scenes to separate them
What is the denouement?
A speech at the beginning of the play that sets it up for the audience
The outcome or resolution of a story for the audience
The point in the play where the tension is at its highest
What does running scenes in chronological order create?
A non-linear structure
A linear structure
What type of structure would be most likely to create dramatic irony?
A narration structure
What is dramatic tension?
A build-up of anticipation or excitement for the audience
When something doesn't go to plan onstage
When the actors become stressed and nervous so must relax in order to perform their best
What is a climax?
The most important or exciting moment in the drama
An exciting play
The moment after the tension is broken and when it begins to die down
Why is it important to vary the pace?
If you're speaking too quickly all the time the audience won't understand what you're saying
It makes the dramatic journey an exciting one for the audience
The drama needs to slow down in places in order to give the audience a chance to catch up
Which of these might slow the pace or destroy the build-up of dramatic tension in a piece of drama?
Standing in the wrong place onstage
Clumsy scene or costume changes
Which of these types of work would never use a non-linear structure?
A Chekhov play
A Physical theatre piece
A Theatre in education production