The roles of drama ranges from instructive, educative, informative, entertaining, therapeutic, social and cultural to religious and political experiences.
- It enables us to learn about ourselves, our society and about life in general.
- It teaches us to reflect on life’s actions and experiences
- It exposes life’s actions and experiences through performances on stage.
- It encourages us to choose the good and discard the bad aspects of life.
- It teaches tolerance among people i.e. people learn to accept each other.
- It teaches co-operation among people .
- It inculcates in people the ability to express themselves.
- It serves as a guide against future occurrence of bad behavior in the society and thus encourages good character.
- It is a means of enlightening the people on the social and moral value of the society.
- It gives important information about the society from the past to the present.
- It highlights the consequences of social vices such as drug abuse, cultism, examination malpractice, tribalism, corruption (419), fighting, stealing, raping, kidnapping, indecent dressing, impersonation, armed-robbery, bribery, favouritism, child abuse, etc.
- People derive pleasure and their feelings are aroused when they watch drama.
- It helps in creating fun and relaxation.
- Drama is a source of relaxation for people. When people watch drama, they tend to forget their past ugly experiences for the moment. This will relax their nerves.
- It helps to build and develop confidence in people.
- It encourages self-realization.
- It heals broken emotions
Another function of drama is the ability to create jobs. That is, it is a means of creating job opportunities in the society.
More so, drama is used to as a means of reaching vast audience for the purpose of publicity, propaganda and protest against bad governments and evils in the society.
- Mention the five main functions of drama.
- List three functions of instructive functions of drama.
- List three functions of educative functions of drama.