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1 Elements of Drama

2 What is Drama? Drama is a story told in dialogue by performers in front of an audience.

3 The author of a play is called a playwright.

4 Actors perform the play in front of an audience.

5 Acts are the units of action in a drama.
Acts are often divided into smaller parts called scenes.

6 Characterization Just as in other forms of writing, the playwright must develop believable characters.

7 Dramatic Speech Very important because it advances the action. Two types of dramatic speech: Monologue Dialogue

8 Monologue Monologue is a long speech that is spoken by a single character. It often reveals a character’s private thoughts and feelings.

9 Dialogue A conversation between or among characters.

10 Stage Directions Bracketed information that describes the scenery and how the characters should move and speak. Ex. Scrooge: Bah! Humbug! [Scrooge snuffs out his candle.] Christmas! Bah! Humbug!

11 A theater is a place where plays are presented for an audience.

12 Set or Scenery Set is the term used for the construction on the stage that suggests the time and place of the action. Scenery is another word for set.

13 Props Props are small movable items (such as a notebook or a broom) that the actors use to make their actions look realistic.

14 Costumes Costumes help the playwright convey details about the characters and the setting.

15 Types of Drama Comedy Tragedy Drama

16 Comedy Comedy has a happy ending.
It often features normal characters in funny situations. Usually written to entertain. Sometimes point out faults of society.

17 Tragedy Tragedy is often contrasted with comedy.
The events of a tragedy lead to the downfall of the main character. This character is often of great significance, like a king.

18 A drama is a play that addresses a serious subject.

19 Other Types of Dramatic Writing
Screenplays are scripts for films or television. They include camera angles and allow for more scene changes. Radio plays were written to be performed as radio broadcasts. They included sound effects, but they required no set, stage, or directions to explain movement.

20 The End

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