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Elements of Drama. Author of a play. Playwright. People who perform a play. Actors. Sets of actors that perform a play. Cast. Text of a play, with dialogue and directions for actors. Script. Units of action in a drama. Acts are divided up into scenes. Acts. Small parts of an act.

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Small parts of an act.

  • Most of the time they each have a different setting.
dramatic speech

Advances the stories action.

  • Most important
  • Two types: Dialogue and Monologue
Dramatic Speech

Long speech that is spoken by a single character.

  • Often reveals a character’s private thoughts and actions
stage directions

Sets of bracketed information that describe the scenery and how the characters should move and speak

  • Some playwrights use abbreviations
    • Center Stage – C
    • Stage Left – L
    • Stage Right – R
    • Upstage or rear of stage – U
    • Downstage – front of stage - D
Stage Directions
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Stage Left

Stage Right



Stage Directions

Construction on the stage that suggests the time and place of the action

  • Scenery is another word for it
types of drama

3 Types

    • Comedy
    • Tragedy
    • Drama
Types of Drama

Events lead to the downfall of the main characters

  • Character can be an average person, but is often a person of great significance

Scripts for films.

  • Includes camera angles and can allow for more scene changes than a play
radio plays

Written to be performed as radio broadcasts

  • Include sound effects and require no set, stage or directions that explain movement.
Radio Plays