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Engaging with drama texts

Enjoy the text

Remember that drama texts are for performance

Get to know the text

There is no substitute for reading the text — several times.

Know the complete text

Examiners often report that students seem to know the start of a play or novel well, but not the end. Study in class may tend to focus on the beginning of a text, where the writer introduces characters, themes and imagery to the reader, and then to become less detailed as the class grows more familiar with these concepts. So:

Listen to the text

The language a dramatist uses is carefully chosen and structured. In order fully to appreciate it you need to hear it.

Analyse the text

In order to ensure that you are fully aware of the playwright's techniques and use of language: