The elements of drama are the ingredients that give the work its shape and character. As well as characters, plot and action, consider which dramatic forms and dramatic coventions to use.
What is a narrative?
The storyline or plot of a piece of drama
A character in a play who tells the story
A drama which relies upon words, not physical means, to deliver the story
What is non-linear drama?
When actors never stand in a line onstage but are spread out to make it visually interesting
When events are presented in an order that is non-chronological
When there are no lines spoken so the content is all mime and physical work
What is a subplot?
A separate story running parallel to the main one
A storyline which isn't good enough
A storyline that doesn't turn out the way you expect it would
What's the meaning of action onstage?
The events contained in the drama; what the characters actually do
Mime or physical work
High energy drama, like an action movie
What's meant by a scene's content?
A scene which is relaxed and happy
The characters involved in the scene
The issues or themes that the scene explores
What is the term for when the tension builds to its highest point in the drama?
What's the purpose of a cliffhanger?
To keep the audience guessing what's going to happen next
A device that attaches large pieces of scenery to the back of the stage
To help the audience understand a character's motivation
Which of these techniques might be used to demonstrate 'contrast' effectively?
What might this image symbolise?
Peace and tranquility
Death and sorrow
Love and romance
What is a dramatic convention?
A meeting where people involved in theatre talk about their work
A twist in the plot of the drama
A technique employed regularly in the drama that the audience attach meaning to