Literature – in – English: Drama: Drama text, Forms of drama, Features of drama
Drama is the expression of one’s mind in form of a play which is meant to be acted on the stage, or on television. Drama is the only genre of literature that is associated with stage performance. Drama involves songs/music. It is divided into scene and act.
Example of a text on drama is: “The Rejected Child” by Tina Bogwu
Characteristics of a Drama
- A Drama is meant to be acted on stage before the audience.
- It is written in scenes and acts.
- Drama involves stage directions.
- It involves dialogue and actions.
Features of a Drama
(1) Theatre: A theatre is a building where plays are performed.
(2) Stage: This is where actors and actresses stand to perform.
(3) Actors and Actresses: These are the people (the cast) who act in plays, movies on television.
(4) Costumes: This is the set of clothes worn by actors and actresses.
(5) Language: Language is an important element in drama.
(6) Plot: This is the basic story in a play and how it is told.
(7) Dialogue: Dialogue is a conversation between two or more people in a play.
(8) Monologue: This is when a character in a play is talking. It is usually a long speech.
(9) Soliloquy: This refers to when a character, usually alone on the stage, talks to him/herself.
1. Mention three Features of Drama
2. Who is the writer of the play, “The Rejected Child”
3. What type of Adverbs are the words in bold?
i. Abdul ran down the field quickly
ii. We went to see a friend yesterday
iii. Joseph plays football well
iv. Why don’t you walk more carefully?
v. I have often made that mistake
References: Complete Guide to Junior School Literature For BECE by E.O. Osajie