English Literature / Drama GCSE: Main Themes: DNA by Dennis Kelly

Key themes present in DNA by Dennis Kelly are explored using a mixture of short dramatised sequences, narration and talking head-style interviews with some of the key characters.

The main themes of the play are bullying, gang membership, social responsibility, morality and leadership.

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

The narrator examines these themes as some key moments are played out.

The action sequences illustrate the themes by moving between significant moments and drawing out some of the key quotations that relate to each of the themes being explored.

This is from the series: Making a scene

Teacher Notes

The ideas in the film could be used as part of initial work on an exploration of the themes, using the quotations and ideas as stimulus for their own presentation on one of the themes explored.

It is also an excellent revision resource.

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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