Key Words and Meanings - Year 8 Drama
  • Comedy
    EffectThe impact of something on someone or something else. 
    CaricatureA picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect. 
    Comic DropWhen an actor looks to camera/audience. 
    Fixed PointFixed point in drama is when you keep your eye on the object and the imaginary object never becomes bigger or smaller. 
    Comic SuspensionShorter glance, smaller than fixed point; often with a facial expression to enhance. 
    ProjectionVoice projection is the strength of speaking or singing whereby the voice is used loudly and clearly. It is a technique employed to command respect and attention, as when a teacher talks to a class, or simply to be heard clearly, as used by an actor in a  
    GestureThe definition of a gesture is an expressive movement of the body, or something that is said or done to show a feeling. 
    PostureA position of a person's body. This can convey mood or personality. 
    CharacterA person represented in a drama, story, etc. 
  • Melodrama
    MelodramaA sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions 
    PlotThe outline of a play 
    GesturePhysical movement performed by the hands 
    Theme MusicA theme music is the material, usually a recognisable melody that appears throughout a play in different ways, versions and parts 
    ExaggerationOver the top acting without words 
    DevisingCreating a piece of drama 
    PerformingPresent a form of entertainment to an audience 
    Stock CharactersA stock character is a fictional character based on a common literary or social stereotype 
    Emotional GesturesThe act of moving the limbs or body as an expression of thought or emphasis 
    ScriptA piece of text with specific conventions that actors use to learn lines for a piece of drama 
  • Stones
    CharacterisationThe role of somebody else, created by an actor 
    Facial ExpressionsA facial expression helps to convey how a character might be feeling 
    Explorative StrategiesExplorative strategies are used in drama to explore a theme or text 
    Drama MediumsDrama mediums refers to the different ways in which dramatic meaning is communicated to an audience 
    StimulusSomething that gives you a starting point for ideas e.g. a picture 
    Role on the wallThe outline of a body is drawn on a large sheet of paper, words or phrases describing the character are then written directly on to the drawing or stuck on with post-its 
    EmpathiseTo be able to put yourself in someone's shoes and experience their feelings 
    Mind MapA diagram of ideas 
    Forum TheatreA technique pioneered by Brazilian radical Augusto Boal. A play or scene, usually indicating some kind of oppression, is shown twice. 
    MediaA way of communicating information e.g. play, film 
    ElementPart of something. 
  • Superheroes
    Story TellingGiving information about something that has happened or has been imagined to happen. 
    SuperheroesBeings in human form who have extra ordinary powers and work for the good of other human beings. 
    Back storyThe story behind an event - the past. 
    VillainsThe archetypal 'bad guy' - a human or someone in human form working against other humans. 
    PlotThe story. 
    NarrationThe telling of a story, a reader. 
    ImaginationAllowing your brain to think around a topic and make up possible scenarios/events. 
    TensionBuilding emotion in the audience through story telling. 
    ThemeA key idea running through a story. 
    TimingWhen things happen, people say things etc. 
  • Slow Time
    DestructiveCausing great and irreparable damage. 
    ConsequenceWhat occurs as a result of certain actions. 
    CharacterIn role as somebody else (could be fictional person). 
    Hot-SeatingWhere people take on the role of characters from a story and other people ask them questions. The characters have to answer the questions in as much detail as possible. 
    Thought TrackingHelps inform an audience about a character. You see it in action when: a character speaks out loud about his/her inner thoughts at a particular moment in the drama. a character speaks out loud about his/her inner thoughts during a freeze frame/still-image 
    DevisingPlan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought. 
    ImprovisingCreate and perform (music, drama, or verse) spontaneously or without preparation. 
    ScriptThe written text of a play, film, or broadcast. 
    StagingThe method of presenting a play or other dramatic performance. 
    ImpactThe result of the performance on the audience. 
  • 'Bugsy Malone'
    FormThe form of a drama is the way that the story is told, the way the characters play their parts, and/or the way the themes are explored. 
    StructureThe structure is the parts that go in to making up a piece of drama. 
    ConventionsThe normal requirements. 
    LightingHow a stage is lit up and when. 
    SoundThe noises required for a performance, this can include background noise, speech and special effects. 
    Back dropThe back ground for the scene. 
    StagingThe method of presenting a play or other dramatic performance. "The quality of staging and design"