ASPEKTE VAN DRAMA MET BESONDERE VERWYSING NA DIE ZULU-DRAMA
One may wonder why such a small number of plays has been written in any given Bantu language. The reason lies in the fact that drama is indeed a difficult verbal form of art to create because each principle of structure must be dramatic. In many studies, some of them recent, al I manner of tradition...
|Published in:||South African journal of African languages Vol. 1; no. 1; pp. 12 - 42|
|Main Author:||Groenewald, H. C|
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One may wonder why such a small number of plays has been written in any given Bantu language. The reason lies in the fact that drama is indeed a difficult verbal form of art to create because each principle of structure must be dramatic.
In many studies, some of them recent, al I manner of traditional activities is seen as traditional drama. This is refuted; the following definition and character i sties of drama is rather suggested to tipify any play:
A play is a fictional unity of structural principles that come about by way of the vertical or horizontal
) ordering of dramatic dialogue interactions.
The primary building block of a play is a dramatic sentence termed a
. In a play a character delivers one or more dialogue contents-this is called a dialogue
. In the same manner the addressee-character reacts by delivering a dialogue reaction. Both these constitute a dialogue interaction. Dialogue interactions make up a dialogue situation and so on. In this way the external structure comes into being which in turn automatically comprises the internal structure: Character, Plot and Theme. The whole structure must be dramatic (see p. 18).
The most important dramatic dialogue contents are the following in the Zulu drama:
Extraspection and Exposition
Postponement of the answer
Prospection and Retrospection
Some contents in drama can inhibit a dramatic presentation; they are undramatic contents of which the following are examples:
Domestic and Conventional contents
Contradicting and Naïve contents
Concerning action in the Zulu-drama, it was found that the plot is mostly simple in the sense that it is chronologic. It also is somewhat discontinue.
Characterisation is treated according to the way a character is moulded, not according to types of characters.
The theme of a play is not just a story with a message attached to it-in a certain sense it is the most important principle of structure.
Although drama is a somewhat intricate form of verbal art, a number of good plays have been written in Zulu. There is, however a need for even better plays to be produced by Zulu dramatists.