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Year 12 - Drama - Prescribed Structures 2019

The Gothic Spirit

Character: The Gothic Spirit​

Creating an atmosphere of ‘delicious fear’


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Stimulus:   The Villa Diodati

Character: The Gothic Spirit​

Performance focus:

Create a solo performance based on the character of the Gothic Spirit. Determined to enshrine itself in literature, the meddlesome Gothic Spirit visits the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva during the summer of 1816. Creating an atmosphere of ‘delicious fear’ through a series of pranks and conspiring with the ‘weather gods’ to ensure that it rains, the Gothic Spirit keeps the guests at the villa indoors and influences their writing. The Gothic Spirit does this by:

  • highlighting the circumstances by which the writers came to be at the villa and the establishment of the ghost story writing competition
  • showing examples of the Gothic features within one of the stories written by an author who visited the villa
  • exploring how what frightens people has changed over time.

Performance Style:  Eclectic with aspects of Gothic theatre

Eclectic theatre draws on a range of performance styles to devise performances that go beyond the reality of life as it is lived. It juxtaposes a number of performance styles to make dramatic statements and theatre that is innovative, transformational and creative. Eclectic theatre is devised with a specific purpose and intention for the audience. Eclectic theatre draws on drama traditions and practice including:

  • ritual and storytelling
  • contemporary drama practice and performance styles
  • the work of drama practitioners and associated performance styles
  • a combination of any of the above.

Gothic theatre Gothic theatre is a style of theatre that seeks to inspire terror, either physical or psychological, in the audience. Gothic theatre is exemplified by:

  • plots that involve mystery, horror and the supernatural, with an ominous sense of dread, death and decay
  • use of dark and decaying castles, secret doors or passageways, and remote locations
  • strange and eccentric characters, ghosts, vampires or monsters.

Convention & Dramatic Element:  As selected by the student from the list (linked here).  Write your selected convention and dramatic element on your Statement of Intention.



Mr Boon's Notes