Drama Journal #2


Key Idea: This week’s key point was tension. Tension is a way to make the audience get hooked and get interested into the show. A good way to see if you have tension in the play is to observe the audience and see if they are getting hooked into the scene or not. There are many kinds of tension, there are expected, unexpected, task, mystery and many more.


Approach: In class we looked at tension by playing many useful games. For example, The Holly Hat, Medusa’s crown these games showed us how tension can be made in different ways. In the Holly Hat, the tension was unexpected because no one knew when Mr. M was going to scream or what he was going to do. What made the game so hard was that we weren’t allowed to grin, smile or even make unnecessary movements.  The other game, Medusa’s crown was also an unexpected game because we didn’t know when the Medusa was going turn back to see if the other players were taking the crown or not. The objective of this game was to get the crown all the way to the other side of the room. However when people were caught moving or caught with the crown by the Medusa, they had to go all the way back to the beginning line. Going back to Holly hat, it was interesting how people reacted. In our class there were few kinds of people. There were people who bursted into laugh because of tension broken by Mr. M’s singing or random screams. There were people who bursted into laughter because of other starting to giggle and there were people who stayed calm even if anything happened. First time there were many of the first type and the second type. However when we did it the second time, the tension became more of the expected side so there were less people bursting into laughter. However some people for example Takumi still bursted into laughter even after he has seen what was going to happen.


Outcome: As a class split out into 4 or 5 groups and made 2 minutes play for a summative project. In the play we were required to create a lot of tension. In our play we made a ritual by having a scarifies. Our main tension was task. Tension of task is where the task is really hard so if you make a mistake people can get killed or get in trouble. In my opinion, we have successfully created tension in our play since there weren’t many people talking while we did our part that had lots of tension. Not only we had tension of task, we also added tension of the unexpected because we thought it was interesting to have more than one kind of tension.

Tension is often used in movies but also in books. In books authors uses words to create tension but in theatre people can use the way people act, sound effects, and lights. This is where my favourite part of drama comes in, lighting. Lighting can change the scene’s mood dramatically. The mood can be changed with tension. If I can get light set up to be gloomy and dark then it is more likely that people are going to feel the tension.


Overall I think I did a good job this week on creating tension. Our group have done well on our summative project even though we could have done a bit better with the plot.

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