dramatic structure

Includes the broad categories of representational and presentational or non-realistic drama and their relationship to linear and non-linear narrative structures. Structure, techniques and conventions are relevant to chosen drama form or style’s approach. This includes approaches to structure as follows:

  • Episodic structure: the action of a drama is broken into smaller scenes often with the rapid development of narrative elements. These scenes move between settings, groups of characters
  • Well-made Play: expanding on the work of Aristotle’s poetics, this structure featured a careful construction of an exposition, a rising conflict that increases in complexity and dramatic tension, a climax close to the end of the play, a denouement in which key events are ‘explained’ or unpacked for the audience and conclusion that may include a life ethic or moral for the audience.