What is drama?

  • (noun): A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage.
    Synonyms: play, dramatic play
    See also — Additional definitions below

Drama

Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word "dran" meaning "action" (Classical Greek: δρᾶμα, drama), which is derived from "to do" or "to act" (Classical Greek: δράω, draō). The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception. The structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception. The early modern tragedy Hamlet (1601) by Shakespeare and the classical Athenian tragedy Oedipus the King (c. 429 BCE) by Sophocles are among the masterpieces of the art of drama. A modern example is Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill (1956).

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... for a dining-room table? ” Shaw's first play, Bury the Dead (1936) was an expressionist drama about a group of soldiers killed in a battle who refuse to be buried ...
Keeley Hawes
1990s, in Troublemakers and the 1997 BBC costume drama, The Moonstone ... She has since appeared in many other television dramas, including Dennis Potter's Karaoke (BBC One/Channel 4, 1995), Heartbeat (ITV1, 1995), The Beggar Bride (BBC ... In 2010 she appeared in a 6-part drama for ITV called Identity as Detective Superintendent Martha Lawson and as the leading role 'Lady Agnes Holland' in the re-launch of Upstairs, Downstairs for the BBC ...

More definitions of "drama":

  • (noun): An episode that is turbulent or highly emotional.
    Synonyms: dramatic event
  • (noun): The quality of being arresting or highly emotional.
  • (noun): The literary genre of works intended for the theater.

Famous quotes containing the word drama:

    Show me one thing here on earth which has begun well and not ended badly. The proudest palpitations are engulfed in a sewer, where they cease throbbing, as though having reached their natural term: this downfall constitutes the heart’s drama and the negative meaning of history.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911)

    My faith is the grand drama of my life. I’m a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith. I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colours for those who see none.
    Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)

    Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody’s piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)