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Drama texts and play texts


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This Revision Bite covers different types of drama texts - also known as stimuli. These range from poetry extracts to TV drama, and you'll be using them in Drama Exploration Unit 1.

We'll also cover specific play texts, for use in Exploring Play Texts Unit 2.

Drama texts

In Drama Exploration Unit 1, you'll be given a range of drama stimuli [stimuli: In drama, stimuli refer to the drama texts (photos, texts, video etc) you have been given to work with ] as starting points for your practical work.

Examples of drama texts

woman holding a theatrical feathered mask to her face

  • Artefacts - Photographs, paintings, masks, props, costumes, sculptures, art objects.
  • Music
  • Newspaper or magazine articles
  • Poetry
  • Play texts
  • Book extracts
  • Television, film or video stills or clips
  • Live theatre performances


Here is an example of using poetry as a stimulus.

Play poem video example.

Documentary Response

The drama stimuli and the practical work will form the basis of your Documentary Response. This is where you show how you've worked on, devised and developed, shaped and honed your drama during the course. You can find out how to make a good Documentary Response in the Responding section.


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