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Process Drama Vs Product Drama

Difference between product versus process drama

Product drama:

  • Product drama is a type of drama where the focus is on creating a polished performance that is presented to an audience.
  • The final product is the primary goal, and the process of creating the performance is secondary.
  • Participants are typically assigned specific roles and are expected to memorize lines, blocking, and stage movements.
  • Rehearsals are typically more structured and focused on perfecting the final performance.
  • Product drama is often used for entertainment purposes, such as plays, musicals, or talent shows.
  • This type of drama requires strong acting skills and an emphasis on theatrical elements such as costumes, sets, and sound effects.

Process drama:

  • Process drama is a type of drama that focuses on the experience of creating the drama, rather than the final product.
  • The emphasis is on the process of exploring emotions, experiences, and personal growth through drama.
  • Participants are encouraged to experiment, take risks, and express themselves in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
  • Rehearsals are often more improvisational and less structured, with a focus on exploring the theme or issue at hand.
  • Process drama is often used in educational or therapeutic settings, such as schools, mental health clinics, or rehabilitation centers.
  • This type of drama provides a safe and supportive space for personal exploration, self-expression, and learning.

In both types of drama, participants are given the opportunity to use their imagination, creativity, and self-expression to explore various themes and issues. However, the approach and focus differ, with product drama focusing on the final performance and process drama focusing on the personal growth and learning that occurs during the process of creating the drama.


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