Role and Character
The relationship between the drama elements.
Belief: How can the child be encouraged to enter into the drama with full belief? Evident in the child’s trust in and ease with make-believe play.
Role and Character: How will the child move from role playing to entering into character? Taking on the characteristics, attributes and thought process of another person.
Action: What is happening in the drama? Action in drama comes from the interaction between characters and situations in which they find themselves in the drama.
Place: Where is the action taking place? How is real place and space used to represent this?
Time: When is the action taking place? The fictional past and fictional future will have a bearing on the drama.
Tension: How will tension drive forward the action of the drama? The characters will be faced with choices, desires and uncertainties. Such tension causes characters to make decisions and moves the drama forward.
Significance: What is the relevance of the drama to the child’s life? How can the child relate to the drama?
Genre: What’s the genre? Naturalistic drama is the genre that most imitates life. Mainly for this age group the genres used are either naturalistic or fantasy. The children step into the world of make believe easily. The create a symbolic reality through which they can explore the real world and come to terms with its strangeness while remaining in the safety of their fictional world.