Drama KS4 Vocab
Way of speaking used in a local area or country
Clear pronunciation of words
People watching a performance
Non-acting area behind the stage
Keeping an even distribution of weight
Deciding where and when actors will move on stage
Messages given by the position or movement of the body
Specific person in a drama
The process of fully developing a character
Clearness of the voice
Clothes worn by actors for their character
The process of developing a drama’s content and roles through practical exploration, experimentation and problem solving
A conversation between two or more characters
The use of clear speech
Actions or remarks whose significance is not realised by all the characters
To judge the strengths and weaknesses of a drama
Using overstatements in order to create a dramatic effect.
Acting out an event in the past
Acting out of a future or imagined even
Key moment, scene, character, relationship or event in a drama
The action is frozen in time
Movement of the hand or arm which communicates a meaning or emotion
Rising and falling of voice in speech
A character speaks their thoughts aloud
Drama which includes song and/or music
Part(s) of the drama are told as a story by a narrator
The rate at which the action moves along and the extent to which these changes, such as fast to slow or slow to fast. The drama will be more interesting to watch with changes of pace which can also build up the tension. Pace can refer to the speed changes in movement or with the delivery of lines spoken.
A break in speaking; period of silence
An item carried or worn by a character e.g. glasses, handbag, wallet
How high or low the voice is
Person who has written the play
Storyline of the drama
Position of the body – how it is held
Short for properties – objects used by an actor
A character from the drama stands or sits in the centre of the room. Other students take up positions of distance or closeness to them. The distance represents the relationship between them and how they feel towards one another
Practice or preparation of a drama
Devised/created without a script which is rehearsed Improvisation before presentation
Which follow a pattern or beat
Played by an actor / attitude adopted
A means of exploring attitudes and beliefs
Blocks or platforms used to create levels
Outline of the plot of a drama, including changes in time or place
Section of a drama, set in one place at one time
Resources used to create the setting where a drama takes place, e.g. backcloth, flats, rostra, furniture
An item placed on the set, usually part of it e.g. a lamp, clock, picture
What the audience sees of the stage from where they are sitting
Movement performed at a slowed down speed
A single lengthy speech, made when no other characters are on stage
Attitude or position of the body
Importance relative to others
Anything which suggests ideas which can be developed into a drama
Way in which time, place and action are sequenced
A stage picture, held without movement
A specific group of people at whom a drama is aimed
Build-up of excitement
An aid to characterisation: the character speaks their thoughts out loud
Change of voice to express emotion
A drama about unhappy events and with a sad ending
Loudness or quietness of the voice
The main character.
The bad guy, usually in opposition to the protagonist.
A speech that starts the play. This sets the scene, introduces the central characters and location. For example: the opening of Romeo and Juliet.
A speech addressed to the audience about what happens after the play has ended. It can also sum up any loose ends at the closing moments of this play.
A person or group of people with a narrative function. Originated from Greek Theatre. These members of the chorus could give/offer advice to the main protagonist.
Making something up by using whatever is immediately to hand; your own ideas.