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melodrama


a style of drama which uses stock characters and always portrays a tale of good triumphing over evil. It was an extremely popular form of entertainment throughout the nineteenth century.
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accent


a way of speaking particular to a country, society or culture.
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a day in the life


a process convention that works backwards from an important event in order to explain or give clues about the event; groups create freeze frames of significant moments in the past that cast some light on the event. These freezes are then examined by the participants.
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agitprop theatre


a form of street theatre that uses humour, satire, symbolism, song and audience participation to influence audience point of view.
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āhua


form, as applied in Māori performing arts.
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alienation effect


the creation of a sense of distancing audiences from emotional identification with dramatic action for the purpose of making political or social comment through drama. (Verfremdungseffekt)
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alter-ego


a process convention in which students work in pairs, one as the role, one as that role's thoughts. The role plays out the action and dialogue and the alter-ego plays out the inner thoughts and feelings.
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annotate


make notes on the script about performance details such as interpretations, motivations, moves, blocking and intonation patterns.
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antagonist


the character who is a foil to the protagonist, providing the obstacle or opposing force against which the protagonist must work.
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art work


a product of art-making activity (for example, a devised drama, play script, comedy sketch).
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