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Form
The compositional structure or structures that shape a dramatic work; or a broad category of drama, which may include within it a number of styles (for example, puppetry is a form, and glove puppets,
Freeze Frame
A technique used in performance and process drama in which a person or the members of a group use their bodies to make an image capturing an idea, theme, or moment in time.
Genre
A category of drama, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
Gesture
A movement of any part of the body that expresses an idea
Hot-seating
A process in which an actor is questioned who is in role, or answering on behalf of their role.
Levels
Use of different heights on the stage achieved by platforms, rostra or stairs; the use of different heights in a group by actors standing, sitting or lying down.
Mime
Theatrical performance action and character are suggested using gesture, movement, and facial expression without words or sounds.
Monologue
A lengthy speech for one person.
Narration
Where a person narrates the action that occurs within a drama
Pace
Speed at which you talk (fast, slow, even)
Pause
To delay talking for a moment. Often used to create tension.
Performance
What an actor gives on stage.
Pitch
Height or depth of the voice (how low or high it is).
Play
The text of a performance.
Playwright
The person who wrote the play
Plot
What happens in the play; the basic story
Posture
describes the way a person stands or sits (slumped, upright, stooped)
Rehearsal
The process of practising the performance and improving it