Dramatic techniques include literary devices and staging elements determined by the playwright, director or stage manager. Dramatic techniques are used by a playwright to enhance the emotional, aural, and visual experience of the audience and to underline a script's meaning, according to David Farmer of Drama Resource.
Literary devices that are often used in dramatic productions include conflict, foreshadowing, imagery, personification, satire, symbolism and theme, according to Robert DiYanni in the McGraw-Hill Glossary of Drama Terms. These literary devices help add layers of meaning that people experience when reading or watching a story. These additional layers of meaning make stories feel more universal and heighten the sense of drama.
According to Wikipedia, the playwright often describes the scenes, characters, setting, and other aspects of a play to guide the reader, director or actor in their experiences. Specific dramatic techniques used by playwrights may include establishing formal tableaux as part of staging; breaking the so-called "fourth wall" (in which an actor speaks directly to the audience); slapstick and other physical comedy; and breaking the narrative time line through the use of flashforwards or flashbacks.
The director or stage manager often introduces his own interpretations of theme or setting as social or political commentary or to achieve some other artistic end. As Wikipedia points out, the director and stage manager have the most physical control over a production, making choices about lighting, sound, sets, props and costuming that drive the aural and visual impact of the production.Learn More
In "Julius Caesar," Pindarus is Cassius' slave and messenger who erroneously reports that Cassius' scout has been killed by Antony's army. Cassius decides to kill himself with Pindarus' help, setting his slave free and ordering him to hold the sword so that Cassius may impale himself on it.Full Answer >
Some of the themes in Oliver Goldsmith's 1773 play "She Stoops to Conquer" include class bias, the concept that there is hope for humanity despite its flaws, and the idea that love ignores social boundaries. "She Stoops to Conquer" is a comedy about a well-born young woman who pretends to be of a lower class to put at ease the man she hopes to marry.Full Answer >
The theater of Shakespeare's time was crowded with examples of revenge tragedy. Shakespeare was one of the genre's most prolific playwrights. Four elements common to all of these plays are: murder, a ghostly vision of the murder victim, characters afflicted with madness, and a concept known as meta-theatricality.Full Answer >
Some of the prominent themes of "The Rivals" have to do with artifice, love, courtship and foolishness. In particular, Sheridan touches on the themes that artifice is ineffective, that true love and courtship often conflict, and that all characters act foolish in spite of their intelligence. In addition, many of the characters serve as symbols of social groups.Full Answer >