Elements of Drama: Contrast
Part 2 in a series exploring the use of various dramatic elements.
In this case, it was in the classroom with a simple skit devised by my Year 11 Drama students.
My definition of contrast:
Without the careful use of contrast a performance is boring and lacks tension. An obvious example of contrast is a sad scene followed by a happy one. But contrast can be created in more subtle and sophisticated ways, such as manipulating the drama to create a change in setting, use of space or rhythm. The pace of scenes can also be altered, as can various dramatic elements within one small section of a performance.
My students’ found out about contrast themselves by manipulating their drama skit to include contrast. Their conclusions follow….
Examples of Contrast
- contrast between characters
- contrast in emotions
- contrast in pace
- contrast in the use of sound
- contrast between plots and subplots
- contrast in the use of space
- contrast in movement between characters
- contrast in facial expressions used by characters
- contrast in the use of voice by characters
- contrast in mood