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VCE Drama - Dramatic Elements
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The most significant moment of tension or conflict in a drama, often occurring towards the end of the plot. Multiple climaxes and/or an anti-climax can also occur. The action of a drama usually unravels after the climax has transpired but the work might finish with a climactic moment
This generally occurs when a character cannot achieve an objective due to an obstacle. This obstacle may be internal or external - between characters or between characters and their environment. It can be shown in a variety of ways, for example through physical, verbal or psychological means. It can be embedded in the structure of the drama.
This presents the dissimilar or opposite in order to highlight or emphasise difference. It can be explored in many ways and can include contrasting characters, settings, times, themes, elements, stagecraft and performance styles
This is the overall feeling or emotion that a performance can evoke. This may be achieved through manipulation of acting, conventions or stagecraft.
This is a regular pattern of sounds, words or actions. Performances can also have their own rhythm that can be influenced by the emotional nature of the plot, the pace of line delivery, the pace of scene transitions, and the length of those scenes and the dialogue within them.
This is created by the performer through the possible use of voice, body percussion and objects to create an effect in performance and enhance meaning. It may include silence or the deliberate absence of sound.
This involves the way the actor/s use/s the performance area to communicate meaning, to define settings, to represent status and to create actor-audience relationships. This may be achieved through the use of levels, proximity and depth. The use may be symbolic
This is used to create meaning that is not literal. It allows performers to communicate ideas and themes through words, stagecraft and expressive skills
This is the suspense that holds an audience's attention as a performance unfolds. The release of it can have a comic or dramatic effect.
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