Definition of dramatics in English:


plural noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural The study or practice of acting in and producing plays.

    ‘she is known internationally for her work in creative dramatics’
    • ‘My dad was also involved in amateur dramatics in my hometown of Cambridge.’
    • ‘An exceptionally talented man, he was equally adept at dancing and singing, corny comedy and serious dramatics.’
    • ‘In recent years, it has been used for everything from amateur dramatics to business conferences to the counting of general election votes.’
    • ‘I remember Larry Grayson telling me once that amateur dramatics was the backbone of our industry.’
    • ‘A lot of people in our profession are very disparaging about amateur dramatics, but I think it is absolutely essential.’
    • ‘Dramatics seem to have been part of a student's life early in the history of the University, surprisingly, because attendance at the theatre was forbidden.’
    • ‘Surprisingly - despite the script's second-rate dramatics the rest of the time - the scene in the film when the affair starts is actually quite good.’
    • ‘She was involved in charity work and also amateur dramatics in London.’
    • ‘Orla's English teacher, Fionula Flaherty, said: ‘She is now a very active girl, into amateur dramatics and a joy to teach.’’
    • ‘When their children's passion for amateur dramatics had come to dominate the family's spare time, the Kellys moved to a home neighbouring the local theatre, where their mother had taken a job in the box office.’
    • ‘Although excelling in gymnastics, amateur dramatics and riding, academically she was unremarkable, leaving at the age of 16 in order to join a two-year secretarial course at the local college and work part time as a barmaid.’
    • ‘A lot of the people who get involved aren't really into amateur dramatics, but what we have got is lots of enthusiasm and it is a lot of fun.’
    • ‘SPORTS, DANCE, music, dramatics and arts are some fields in which the physically and mentally challenged can prove that they are second to none.’
    • ‘Outside work, she has enjoyed amateur dramatics as an actor and director with the Haxby Players, as well as being involved in youth theatre with the Flying Ducks Theatre Group, also at Haxby.’
    • ‘Leeds Council wants to convert the Civic Theatre in Calverley Street - home of amateur dramatics in Leeds for over 60 years - into a £23m city museum.’
    • ‘Her love for amateur operatics and dramatics has also led to fascinating work as a dresser for the Good Old Days, Opera North and the Northern Ballet.’
    • ‘He devoted so much time to amateur dramatics that he slipped from the top stream to the bottom and failed all bar one of his nine O-levels.’
    • ‘He had a keen interest in amateur dramatics, training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and performing with the Adastrians in Swindon.’
    • ‘‘I've always been involved in amateur dramatics but I wanted to take it more seriously by joining the group,’ said Mrs Havergal.’
    • ‘She appeared almost troubled by that fact, which was either the result of extensive amateur dramatics practice, or else she actually felt that way.’
    • ‘He used to do amateur dramatics in the village, and in fact he played Dyson, the reporter, in When We Are Married, but his acting was never something that he talked about.’
    • ‘He was well known in Keighley because of his involvement in amateur dramatics.’
    • ‘So, who better to direct York Settlement Players in Alan Ayckbourn's study of amateur dramatics, A Chorus Of Disapproval?’
    acting, the theatre, the stage, the performing arts, dramatic art, dramaturgy, stagecraft, theatricals, theatrics, the thespian art, show business
    incident, scene, spectacle, crisis
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  • 2Theatrically exaggerated or overemotional behaviour.

    ‘cut out the dramatics’
    • ‘A player will ‘play for a penalty’ or ‘go to ground’ if there is contact but it won't usually be accompanied by hammy amateur dramatics.’
    • ‘That is the reality of the situation, without the dramatics we just heard from him.’
    • ‘Past the flailing dramatics it will come down to a well-placed drop-step or well-timed tip-in.’
    • ‘Now we've got the dramatics and formalities over with, would you like to come in?’
    • ‘Rae had a habit for flinging her arms around when she talked-added dramatics.’
    • ‘With dramatics reminiscent of play-acting, she seized him on the shoulders and kissed him on the mouth.’
    • ‘Forgive me, Agent 007, but you seem to have an insatiable appetite for the dramatics.’
    • ‘She was flustered by Mr. Yu's drawn-out dramatics.’
    • ‘They also hope for a repeat of the dramatics they pulled in 1986 when he Walsh kept trading down draft picks and wound up with eight eventual starters.’
    • ‘In fact, stamp your feet and run out of the room just to heighten the dramatics.’
    • ‘Not to mention the fights, the laughs and the dramatics.’
    • ‘After lying on the floor in a fit of dramatics I realized what I had thought - pinky toe.’