Cultural and Creative Arts Notes

Forms /Types Of Drama

Drama has several forms or types which include:

  1. TRAGEDY:Tragedy is a serious play that ends on a sad note, especially when the protagonist or main character dies. It is a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially concerning the downfall of the main character (protagonist) . It is characterized with sorrowful events like great suffering, destruction and distress such as a serious accident, crime or natural catastrophe.
  2. FARCE:A comedy that aims as entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant and thus improbable.
  3. TRAGIC- COMEDY: A play or novel containing elements of tragedy and comedy. It is a literary genre that blends aspects of both tragic and comic forms.
  4. MASK DRAMA:A play performed by the players with mask worn on their faces as disguise to hide or conceal their true identity.
  5. COMEDY: A funny and humorous play that ends on a happy note. It is aimed at arousing laughter among the audience. It is a play, movie that depicts a light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending.
  6. MELODRAMA: A play interspersed with songs and orchestral music following or accompanying the action.
  7. MIME: Mime is a form of entertainment which a performer plays a character or tells a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions.
  8. FOLK DRAMA:A non-commercial, generally rural theatre and pageantry based on folk traditions and local history.


  1. List any three forms of drama you know.
  2. Explain mime.


  1. What medium or material is required for moulding objects?
  2. State the meaning of monochrome and polychrome respectively.
  3. Define pitch in music.
  4. State the function of a cameraman in drama production.
  5. What is drama?


Cultural and Creative Art (New Edition) by Peter Akinyemi& Co-Authors. (Book 1)


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  1. ……….. is a play performed by the players to reveal a story through body movement and facial expression without uttering a word.(a) Mime  (b) Melodrama  (c) Mask drama  (d) Folk drama
  2. A play performed on stage by a comedian/comedienne which makes the audience laugh and ends happily is called ……………………….………..(a) tragic – comedy (b) comedy (c) melodrama  (d) mask drama  
  3. A play that has a blend of tragic and comic elements is called …….(a) tragic-comedy  (b) comedy  (c) melodrama  (d) folk drama
  4. A play that is characterized with tragic events which ends sadly is called……….…..(a) comedy  (b) tragedy  (c) tragic-comedy  (d) melodrama
  5. The written play by William Shakespeare titled ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is based on …………..……(a) comedy  (b) tragedy  (c) farce (d) melodrama


  1. What is farce?
  2. Define folk drama.

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