TWILIGHT DRAMA - glossary
Terms in this set (49)
Tragic farces in which human existence is seen to be pointless.
Audiences are constantly reminded that they are watching "make-believe".
The audience sit most of the way around the acting area.
A short speech made to the audience not heard by other characters.
The people who come to watch the performance.
Humorous drama with tragic elements in it - a bleak, comic view of life.
A character where one main aspect is exaggerated.
The imaginary person that the actor pretends to be on stage.
A humorous, entertaining play with a happy ending.
The clothes that actors wear on stage to help portray their characters.
A signal to begin action or dialogue.
A movement or area toward the audience.
A scene for two actors.
Very comic situations pushed beyond the bounds of belief. Complicated and confused.
A technique to go back in time to a significant moment in a character's life.
An improvisation of a situation that is then interrupted by the audience and discussed. The audience suggest changes to the improvisation to improve a characters situation. Valuable for examining difficult situations.
FREEZE FRAME / STILL IMAGE
To keep absolutely still and motionless.
A known type of play which includes standard conventions, eg farce, musical, tragedy.
A movement, usually of the arm, that helps to express an idea or feeling.
A technique used to question a character.
A scene performed with little or no rehearsal.
The upwards and downwards pattern of the voice - rising and falling.
A genre of drama from the Victorian period
A scene for one actor who speaks his or her thoughts aloud or talks to an imaginary character or directly to the audience.
A style of writing, acting and production that aims to reproduce real life exactly on stage.
A family show based on a fairytale.
A form of staging where the actors walk through the audience.
An arch framing the stage which separates the actors and audience.
A style of writing, acting and production that aims for psychological truth but not reproducing real life.
The process of practising the play until it is ready.
Plays that mock or make fun of certain sections of society.
A fairly short piece of drama that forms one section of the whole.
The actual pieces of furniture, blocks, structures on the stage.
The imaginary place and time that the stage area represents.
A speech spoken by one character alone on stage.
Sound, song, words and phrases either pre-recorded or performed live, are used to create mood and atmosphere of a character's lived experience.
Status is not who you are but what you do.
A stereotyped character that is easily recognised by readers and audiences.
The unspoken element in dialogue - the meaning behind the words.
A technique used by the teacher to engage and challenge the pupils thinking from inside the drama.
A form of staging where the audience surrounds the acting area.
A technique used to share the thoughts of different characters facing the same situation.
A platform or acting area that juts out into the audience or auditorium.
A play where a main character declines in status to ultimate destruction, due to character flaws.
A movement or area away from the audience.
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