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Elements of Drama

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Lauren Greer

on 24 September 2014

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Transcript of Elements of Drama

Elements
of
Drama

Acts:
Characterization:
The playwright's technique
for
creating believable characters.
Dramatic
Speech:
Sets of bracketed information that
describes the scenery & how the
characters should move & speak.
Units of Action in drama
that are often divided into
parts called
scenes
!
Dialogue -
conversations between characters
Monologue -
a long speech that is spoken by a single character,
that reveals the character's thoughts and feelings.
Stage
Directions:
Right
Upstage

RUS
Upstage

U
Left
Upstage

LUS
Right
Center

RC
Center

C
Left
Center

LC
Right
Downstage

RDS
Downstage

DS
Left
Downstage

LDS
Orchestra
Audience
Set:
The construction on stage that
suggests a certain time and place of the action.

Scenery is also another term for set.
Props:
Small moveable items that actors use
to make their actions look realistic.
(examples: doctor clipboard, school supplies, cowboy hat)
Types of
Drama:
Comedy:
A form of drama that often features everyday characters in funny situations.

Comedies can be written to entertain, but they can also point out faults in society.
Tragedy:
Events in a tragedy lead to the downfall of the main character.

This character can be an average person BUT is often a person of great significance, like a king or a heroic figure.
Dramas:
When you think of dramas, you might think of stage plays and the exciting world of theater (actors, costumes, & lights).
However, drama includes more than theater ...
Screen Plays are scripts for film
They include camera angles, and can allow for more
scene changes than a stage play.
Teleplays are scripts written for television
and contain elements similar to screenplays.
Radio plays are scripts that are written
to be preformed as radio broadcasts.
They include sound effects
and require no set, stage or
directions that explain movement.
Radio Plays:
Teleplays:
Screen Plays:
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