The Workbook

Week 1:

Lesson intention: Written reflection is an important skill for you to develop. In Drama your writing may be in many different formats. You may write essays or reports or engage in research or you may write contributions to a folio, diary or logbook. Your workbook is a valuable place for you to record, recount and reflect on the work you do in Drama class. Your Drama book will help you remember past activities and whether or not they were successful.

Introductory exercise:

  • Get your book and get ready to write
  • Think about why you decided to study Drama. What are your aims? How will Drama help you? What do you expect to learn in Drama Classes?
  • Now start to write. Do not sit and think, but rather start the pen moving instantly. Write for 5 minutes without stopping.

When making your Drama workbook entries you should consider the following questions.

  1. What was the aim, or goal in the class?
  2. Briefly, what did you do?
  3. How was the class structured?
  4. Could the class have been more useful? If so how?
  5. Did you find the class enjoyable? Why or why not?
  6. What is the most important thing you learnt?

Welcome to the Year 10 Drama blog

Understanding Drama
A drama, or a play, is a piece of writing that is presented almost exclusively through dialogue. Like a short story or novel, it has a setting, characters, plot and even symbolism. However, the way in which they are presented to the audience is different, because unlike a short story or novel, the play is meant to be performed in front of an audience, not read.

Dramatic Form
Plays are not written in paragraphs like a novel or short story. Instead, they are written as lines of dialogue in the form of a script. You can see in this example from August Wilson’s Fences that the characters are told exactly what to say for the dialogue. Typically, these scripts are broken down into one or more acts, or major divisions of the play. And each act is then subdivided into a scene, or smaller divisions within the act. Usually a change in setting means there will be a change in either the act or the scene.

Relationships are central to all dramatic action: relationships between people. The relationship between people and ideas. The relationship between people and the environment

Tension :Tension is the force that drives the drama. There are four main types of dramatic tension:

the tension of the task

the tension of relationships

the tension of surprise

the tension of mystery

Focus

Exploring one aspect of the situation which we wish to develop and staying clear about our intention – driving our character and associated contents forward in the performance.

Time & Place

Dramatists need to carefully choose the place where the action takes place as this can greatly affect the events and tensions within the drama.

Aspects of place include:

the range of characters
closed and open settings
contrasting settings
messages of place

In drama we ask ourselves the following Time in action:

closed and open time frames
messages of period
associations of period
constraints of period
exploring causes
exploring effects

Language

In drama we express our ideas, our feelings and our needs to each other by:

the words we say
the way we say them
our body language

The language of the drama:

the situation
the roles
the relationships
the images

Movement

images in action
stillness and contrast

Mood this is the feeling or atmosphere that is created by, and emerges through, the dramatic action.

Symbol are what the drama makes you understand – they sum up the meaning of the play, sometimes even on a subconscious level. Symbols can be expressed through language, movement, visual images.

We can see symbol through: gestures &  objects and all this combines to make

Dramatic Meaning

In drama, we are the creators. The elements are the bones which make up the entire body of dramatic action. The story, the situations, the people and the tension which drives it, breathes life and spirit into our creation.