Drama-Stories with a Background

Ref: C3670520

Using elements needed to construct drama, including; sound, words, music, sound effects, movement, props, costume, backdrops, rhythms and patterns and their interaction to produce a story element. Using audio and visual technology the devised story element will be combined with a chosen backdrop and electronically combined.

Additional information about this course

Students will devise or tell a small story. then act it out. They will then choose or create a pictorial backdrop for this story. And the foreground in the form of a character which will most likely be themselves. These images will then be combined using chroma key/green screen, to create a finished product. I.e. a short visual story on video.

Course aim

To increase imagination, confidence and communication skills through the use of drama and technology.

Who is the course for?


What topics will this course cover

The course looks at all the elements needed to construct a drama. To use audio visual [A.V.] equipment to record it. This includes sound, including words, music and sound effects. Movement of the body and the way bodies interact with each other to create patterns. Props and costumes and backdrops. The rhythms and patterns created by their interaction produce drama. This is a practical course and students take part in any and all aspects depending upon their desires and abilities.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Devise or pick a character. Devise or tell a simple 3 element story. Beginning, middle, end. Choose a pictorial backdrop to 1 or more of the story elements. Electronically combine character, backdrop, and story element in to a visual representation.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given verbally and continually. Feedback will also be experiential by taking part in the various activities and being aware of the reactions and others.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?


Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Students could go on to other drama courses. Perform in amateur dramatics. And hopefully use the confidence skills gained in everyday life. Including electronically recording elements of their life.

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Drama-Stories with a Background Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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