English Literature / Drama GCSE: Plot Overview: DNA by Dennis Kelly

The plot of DNA by Dennis Kelly is explored using a mixture of short dramatised sequences, narration and talking head-style interviews with some of the key characters.

The characters remain in role in the interview-style sequences, commenting on the developing plot of the play and explaining their views on the events and their role in what has taken place.

The narrator explains the plot as some key moments are played out.

The action sequences illustrate the three main settings through the use of symbolic elements designed to demonstrate the wood, the street and the field.

This is from the series: Making a scene

Teacher Notes

Could be used to summarise the events of the play as a revision activity.

After a first, initial reading, students could watch the sequence in order to gain a fuller understanding of the main events and the shape of the play as a whole.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching English Literature and Drama GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It also appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC and CCEA.

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