Answer to Question #203380 in English for Phumelele

Question #203380

You want your learners to act out the scen in the classroom, describe the key features of drama and how focusing on them will assist the learners to plan their plays

Expert's answer

The elements of drama, which include role, character, and relationships, situation, voice, movement, space and time, language and texts, symbol and metaphor, mood and atmosphere, audience, and dramatic tension, generate and shape drama.

  1. Atmosphere: the interplay between the audience and the mood of a drama performance. Focusing on this will help learners to connect with audience well
  2. Character: A character in a drama is a person or individual who has defined personal attributes and/or histories. Enables learners to identify with given person and given role
  3. Dramatic tension: propels the story along and keeps the audience engaged. When competing characters, dramatic action, ideas, attitudes, values, emotions, and wants clash, a problem that must be resolved (or left unsolved) through drama is created.
  4. Language and texts: refers to the use of spoken or written words that follow specific conventions and registers. A good drama must have good text to attract viewers.
  5. situation: the state or conditions in which a character or characters are introduced, which occurs frequently at the start of a play.
  6. Space: refers to the location of dramatic action as well as the characteristics of that location, such as temperature, features, light levels, population levels, and other environmental aspects that may be given to or imagined by the characters/audience.
  7. mood: represents the emotions and attitudes of the roles or characters in dramatic action, which are typically supported by other Dramatic Aspects as well as design elements. The mood refers to the playwright's, director's, and/or other members of the creative team's intended emotional impact. Learners must adhere to mood to communicate the theme and maintain the atmosphere.

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