Drama essentials

Audience

Think about your audience when you devise drama. Drama needs to entertain and keep their attention. Your drama also needs to be believable - your audience is likely to become disconnected if your story or characters are too unbelievable.

Characters

The story of your drama begins with your character. Ask yourself: How does my character feel, think and react?

Two characters are shown side by side. The first is a glamorous celebrity on a red carpet being photographed by paparazzi and the second is a journalist in an office writing in his notepad

Here are two ideas for a character:

  • Global superstar - You are a singer, actor and producer and paparazzi follow your every move. You live a glamorous and privileged life, but what are the secrets behind the smiles?
  • Journalist - You are journalist who has uncovered a story that will have big consequences and you're about to tell the world. Would your character be confident or scared?

Creating a scene

When you have decided on your character, you need to create a scene.

Here are some ideas for a scene based on the characters above:

Journalist

You're about to appear on the most popular morning TV programme and expose your discovery when you suddenly receive a startling phone call. Who is on the phone? What do they say? How do they make you feel?

You've been working late in the library just double checking a few facts for your article when you notice a menacing looking man watching you. Does your character panic or keep calm? Do you run or confront the man? Maybe you’re being paranoid?

Your article has been published and has been a massive hit. You're receiving job offers from high profile newspapers and magazines and your life is about to change for the better. How do your family react? What do you decide to do?

Global superstar

You've landed a part in a popular soap but you don't get on with the other actors. Should you tell the press the truth or pretend that you all get along?

The press have published some false rumours about you and you're really upset. Your agent has secured a slot on a popular chat show to give your side of the story. Do you accept the offer or decide to lie low? How do you feel?

You've found out that one of your band members is planning to leave the group and go solo. You confront them - can you persuade them to stay, or would it be better for everyone if they left?

Developing your scene

When you have a rough idea of your character and scene, think about what your character might say.

Think about using props to make your scene more realistic and interesting. Only use a prop if it is relevant, otherwise it could end up distracting you and your audience. If you decide to use props and costumes, always practise with them first.