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...

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Published in: South African journal of African languages Vol. 1; no. 1; pp. 12 - 42
Main Author: Groenewald, H. C
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
Published: Taylor & Francis Group 01-01-1981
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Summary: 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 1 ) ordering of dramatic dialogue interactions. The primary building block of a play is a dramatic sentence termed a content . In a play a character delivers one or more dialogue contents-this is called a dialogue action . 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: Clash 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 Didacticism Repetition 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.
ISSN: 0257-2117
2305-1159
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1981.10586448