The Fundamentals of Drama
There are a number of fundamental qualities that need to be inexistence for drama to be created. This section highlights some of the critical elements that are typically part of a dramatic or a theatrical performance. Different types of performances emphasise different elements.
Three Basic Elements for Theatre to be Produced:
This might be a formal script or it could be a general scenario or even just a basic plan or sketch of what is going to happen. Many different types of activities can be regarded as ‘Performance’. If a performance adheres to certain principles of form and style, audiences can easily identify action as performance rather than spontaneous events. Here is a list of some forms of drama/theatre which you may be familiar with:
As this list demonstrates, theatre is not always a staged performance of a written text. It does not require a script, dialogue, or even drama. For example, juggling and acrobatic displays can be regarded as theatre but there is no script, no dialogue, and no drama.
2. The performance
All the components should be integrated to create a unified performance piece. Sometimes, however, one overshadows the rest. For example, spectacular stage effects dominate popular musicals like The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Here the music, singing, dancing, and acting are all subordinated to the scenery.
The performance is the site for the transformation of the script, the scenario, or the plan into reality. The normal process for the creation of performance is the fleshing out of a script or plan by applying specific aspects of the theatrical process. The performance must take place in some sort of SPACE. (For some extra reading you should see Peter Brook’s The Empty Space). Performances take place in:
The size of the space can vary between holding less than 10 or more than 20,000.
Audiences affect performances in many ways: