Key terms and Spelling List - Year 11 Drama
  • Completing Component 1 performances and portfolios
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    portfoliowritten document 
    analyseto look closely at, to examine in detail 
    evaluateto say what was successful about something 
    gesturean action, usually with the hand/s, that represents meaning e.g. a wave, a thumbs up 
    stancehow a person stands 
    physicalitythe physical elements of a character 
    facial expressionhow meaning is communicated by means of the face e.g. smile, raised eyebrows 
    propsitems used that belong to a character e.g. book, umbrella 
  • Component 3 Revision and Start Component 2 preparation
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    blackoutwhen the stage is in complete darkness 
    fadelighting term - when the lights go off/on gradually 
    washwhen lighting is generally distributed across the stage 
    dramatic ironywhen the audience know more than the characters 
    genrea type or category of drama eg tragedy, musical, pantomime 
    fourth wallimaginary 'wall' that is the audience; breaking the fourth wall means talking directly to the audience 
    chorusa group of actors speaking and moving at the same time, usually stylised 
    ensembleworking together as a group 
    rakedseating or staging - set off at an angle down towards the stage if seating 
    subtextother meanings below the surface of the words spoken 
    tempospeed 
    soundscapean aural environment created for a scene using voices and found instruments 
  • Component 2 preparation
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    GesturePhysical movement performed by the hands 
    CharacterisationThe role of somebody else, created by an actor 
    proxemicsusing space to communicate relationships and meaning between characters e.g. standing far apart to show isolation or emotional distance 
    monologuea speech for one person 
    duologuea speech, usually a conversation, for two actors 
    tensionwhen the mood is anxious/strained on stage 
    rehearsalwhen you practise your piece/play/script to hone and improve it 
    stagingthe type of stage used 
  • Component 2 assessment and Component 3 preparation
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    characterisationwhat a character is like physically, vocally, emotionally, visually 
    stagingthe type of stage used 
  • Final Written Examination preparation for Component 3
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    EffectEmotional impact. 
    evaluateto consider what was successful about something  
    analyseto look closely at, examine in detail 
    interpretationhow you see something, your personal view of it 

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