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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an art/music/drama college
▪ The Music College was founded in 1869.
costume drama
kitchen sink drama
Restoration comedy/drama (=plays written during this time in England)
the drama unfold
▪ He had watched the drama unfold from a nearby ship.
writers’/drama/music etc workshop
▪ They held a number of music workshops and seminars.
▪ His band are reedy and twiddly; to work, Almond's stuff needs a huge orchestra capable of great drama.
▪ They observe with great sensitivity the dramas, rhythms, and presence of place.
▪ Luongo's life is full of incident but no great drama.
▪ On the other hand, I had a great drama teacher in high school.
▪ It could have been great drama.
▪ But it is great drama, which both entertains and instructs.
▪ D.S. One of the great things about drama school is what you learn to reject as much as what you actually learn.
▪ There are more powers than chance and pure mechanism, underlying this great cosmic drama.
▪ But Merseyside and Manchester both proved last week that it is possible to concoct high drama without substituting motivation for mutilation.
▪ The high drama at the Fed involves its decisions on interest rates and the money supply.
▪ They refused to yield against awkward opponents, on a difficult pitch, in a match of high drama and controversial incidents.
▪ Any high drama that remains is found deep in technical working party country.
▪ The problem is even more severe with the natural world, where the ratio of observable high drama is much lower.
▪ St Kilda never does things by halves: the whole setting is one of high drama.
▪ But now, along with high drama, diners at Checkers can enjoy a lighter menu.
▪ The Simpson verdict, by contrast, was a human drama involving the most famous defendant of the century.
▪ These are the human dramas behind the organizational buzzwords.
▪ But these flourishes never distract from the droll human dramas that Wong has so astutely and amusingly worked out.
▪ Anger is an essential part of the human drama.
▪ But all feelings are part of the human drama.
▪ This lets your child know that feelings of loss and emptiness are part of the human drama.
▪ This little drama - and other scenes like it - is played out method-acting style almost every day in this particular household.
▪ However, this little drama was never performed.
▪ Jeffries was constructing a little drama in which I was the emblematic white critic.
▪ I have joined a new drama club - Open Stage we're performing Bugsy Malone soon!
▪ Accordingly, he formulated a new conception of drama to suit his own inclinations.
▪ To others-fans of new drama, most critics-the play is a glimpse of hell.
▪ It took a new generation of drama advisers to attempt to bring it back again.
▪ The lack of political drama did not seem to matter to most voters Saturday.
▪ The final death scene is superbly realized, conveying powerful drama with no posturing.
▪ As a result, the romantic dramas of Friends-Ross and Rachel, Monica and Chandler-were tantalisingly paradoxical.
▪ Here too, the comedia lacrimosa announced what was to become prevalent in Romantic drama.
▪ This element of mystery will also be characteristic of Romantic drama.
▪ The ideas and techniques it set forth provided the initial stimulus for Romantic drama.
▪ In its subordination of character to plot, sentimental comedy moves in the direction of Romantic drama.
▪ The play is also an excellent precursor for Romantic drama.
▪ Practically all moralizing is absent from Romantic drama.
▪ As Romantic drama evolves, the pariah soon becomes the most compelling of characters.
▪ But one key figure in this whole drama has remained silent - Prince Charles.
▪ What does a whole group drama look like?
▪ So how, in whole group drama, do we build commitment to the work and engagement in the issues?
▪ This strategy of setting up interactive and interdependent small groups is effectively what is happening in whole group drama.
▪ True, it was the most upsetting, conflict-inducing scene in the whole drama.
▪ How wrong could I be? Whole group drama in fact offers individuals great opportunities for personal decision making.
▪ Nothing could be further from costume drama or the spreading of cloaks over puddles.
▪ More often, the movie founders when confronting spiritual issues and settles for the spectacle of a costume drama.
▪ There are a lot of courtroom drama books and serial killer tales about, but this one is special.
▪ Her stories of courtroom drama had a strong effect.
▪ If he had his way this would be a five-hour courtroom drama with Sonny playing himself in the role.
▪ I have joined a drama group called Open stage we are performing Bugsy Malone in August it's great fun!
▪ Read in studio A school drama group tonight launches one of the most ambitious amateur productions ever staged.
▪ Recently I joined a drama group - I may have said.
▪ Oxford's student societies have become world famous, especially the drama group and the Oxford Union.
▪ I have recently joined a drama group called Open Stage!
▪ My drama group people may be rather dim, but they're generous.
▪ He starred in many television and radio dramas, including Middlemarch, in which he played Bulstrode.
▪ A.R. You both went into the theatre together from the same drama school?
▪ Dropouts from drama school who had learned just enough about theatricality to make a nuisance of themselves.
▪ People had seen me in my drama school finals.
▪ It was assumed that many who appeared on the box had been to drama school.
▪ Above all you need new audience experience now you are out of drama school.
▪ For drama school it is the first taste of things to come and on the whole a good thing.
▪ A.R. You didn't do that exercise in drama school?
▪ Why not settle in, raise your little girl, sign up for the concert and drama series.
▪ Franz won the Emmy as best actor in a drama series for the 1993-1994 season, not Caruso.
▪ But none of them carries a show, and there are no drama series and few movies that feature predominantly black casts.
▪ Now it is how Dorothy Heathcote sees the relationship between the two that sets her apart from most drama teachers.
▪ On the other hand, I had a great drama teacher in high school.
▪ There were all sorts of practical problems which Nigel Barnes, the drama teacher faced.
▪ You don't need a vast repertoire of games in order to be a highly effective drama teacher.
▪ Nigel Barnes, the drama teacher, also joined the project.
▪ But he writes: The number of drama teachers in schools has grown rapidly for years.
▪ The pupils responded magnificently under the direction of drama teacher Mike Quinn, with outstanding performances from all the cast.
▪ Many drama teachers have devised their own versions of this method.
▪ And to what extent does television drama supply it?
▪ Most television drama attracts some mail from interested viewers but rarely does that mail arrive by the sackful.
▪ They are especially prevalent in some feature films, television dramas and documentaries.
▪ It's featured in television dramas such as Taggart and Prime Suspect 2.
▪ Many other men and organisations had reason to be proud of the parts they had played in the drama.
▪ As they played out the drama, however.
▪ In this, Ken played a drama instructor caught up in the then current controversy over corporal punishment.
▪ He plays out elaborate dramas, and his parents view him as enormously creative.
▪ He had watched the drama unfold from a support vessel.
▪ With a beady eye he watches the drama of the market place.
▪ By ten the next morning, some twenty thousand people were on hand to watch the drama unfold.
▪ All of which meant that Sanchez watched the subsequent drama unfold from a television monitor.
▪ Marie had watched many hospital dramas on television.
▪ Five years later, Jimmy McGovern wrote a drama about these events and their aftermath.
▪ And did she really write drama criticism for the News?
▪ Other seminars concentrated on media skills such as poster-making, writing, drama, audio cassette production and the use of newsletters.
▪ He also wrote Biblical dramas which display a deep love of nature.
▪ Aristotle wrote about it in relation to drama and what we can gain by going to the theatre.
▪ Gundulic also wrote dramas, masques and pastorals.
high drama/adventure
▪ The movie is full of grandeur and high adventure.
▪ Any high drama that remains is found deep in technical working party country.
▪ But Merseyside and Manchester both proved last week that it is possible to concoct high drama without substituting motivation for mutilation.
▪ But now, along with high drama, diners at Checkers can enjoy a lighter menu.
▪ But what a chance for high adventure!
▪ The high drama at the Fed involves its decisions on interest rates and the money supply.
▪ The problem is even more severe with the natural world, where the ratio of observable high drama is much lower.
▪ They refused to yield against awkward opponents, on a difficult pitch, in a match of high drama and controversial incidents.
▪ Thus ended an episode of high drama, the excitement of which tends to distort its significance.
pile it on/pile on the drama
violent film/play/drama
▪ He thought of hitting Guy, saw himself doing it, like some violent film, slow-motion.
▪ His nose was broken in two places by a player he had sent off for violent play.
▪ They have a violent film then they have a violent advert.
▪ a drama student
▪ He studied English and Drama at Manchester University.
▪ I was never much good at drama when I was a kid - probably because I was very shy.
▪ Jeb graduated from drama school in 1997.
▪ The drama of this year's World Series helped boost the network's ratings.
▪ At once her own drama was engulfed in the tumult of Hyacinth's entry into a woman's estate.
▪ Audiences like to see fires; fires kill, and when people are killed there is drama.
▪ Both dramas have finished their runs for the season and, for lack of ratings, might not be back next year.
▪ Carol Smith has pointed to the importance of this book for the primitive ritual elements in Eliot's drama.
▪ Eliot stressed that there should be no maintaining of different attitudes for cathedral drama and for West End theatre.
▪ IfJoyce seemed mortified now, Lois suspected it was drama.
▪ The jury for drama handed out a pair of special prizes.
▪ These, exemplified from drama, are the subject of the sixth chapter.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Drama \Dra"ma\ (dr[aum]"m[.a] or dr[=a]"m[.a]; 277), n. [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.]

  1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.

    A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon.

  2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest. ``The drama of war.''

    Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last.

    The drama and contrivances of God's providence.

  3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.

    Note: The principal species of the drama are tragedy and comedy; inferior species are tragi-comedy, melodrama, operas, burlettas, and farces.

    The romantic drama, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage.
    --J. A. Symonds.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1510s, from Late Latin drama "play, drama," from Greek drama (genitive dramatos) "play, action, deed," from dran "to do, act, perform" (especially some great deed, whether good or bad), from PIE *dere- "to work." Drama queen attested by 1992.


n. 1 A composition, normally in prose, telling a story and intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue 2 Such a work for television, radio or the cinema (usually one that is not a comedy) 3 theatrical plays in general 4 A situation in real life that has the characteristics of such a theatrical play 5 (context slang English) rumor, lying or exaggerated reaction to life events; melodrama; an angry dispute or scene; intrigue or spiteful interpersonal maneuvering.

  1. n. a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway" [syn: play, dramatic play]

  2. an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional [syn: dramatic event]

  3. the literary genre of works intended for the theater

  4. the quality of being arresting or highly emotional

Drama (regional unit)

Drama is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace. Its capital is the town of Drama. The regional unit is the northernmost within the geographical region of Macedonia and the westernmost in the administrative region of East Macedonia and Thrace. The northern border with Bulgaria is formed by the Rhodope Mountains.

Drama (Yes album)

Drama is the tenth studio album by the English rock band Yes, released on 18 August 1980 by Atlantic Records. It is their only album to feature Trevor Horn as lead vocalist, following the departure of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in March 1980 after unsuccessful recording sessions for a new album in Paris and London. Horn was joined by keyboardist Geoff Downes, his partner in the new wave band The Buggles. Drama was recorded in a short amount of time as a tour was already booked prior to the change in personnel. It marked a departure in the band's musical direction with songs more accessible and aggressive that featured the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder.

Drama was released to a mostly positive critical reception, with most welcoming the band's new sound. The album peaked at No. 2 in the UK and No. 18 in the US, and became their first album since 1971 not to reach Gold certification by the RIAA. " Into the Lens" was released as the album's sole single. Yes toured the album with a 1980 tour of North America and the UK, and were met with some negative reactions during the latter leg over the new line-up change. Yes disbanded at its conclusion; Horn ventured into producing, Howe and Downes co-formed Asia, and Squire and White formed Cinema with Trevor Rabin which led to a reformed Yes in 1982. Yes performed Drama in its entirety for the first time on their 2016 European tour.

Drama (Jamelia album)

Drama is the debut studio album by British R&B recording artist Jamelia released by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom in June 2000.

Drama (Montt Mardié album)

Drama is the debut full length album of Swedish indie pop musician Montt Mardié. It was released on November 7, 2005 by the Swedish record label Hybris. The album is very pop oriented, allowing many different tempos and styles to be placed next to one another. References to a girl named Annie are made throughout in more than five of the albums twelve songs.

Drama (Carolin Fortenbacher album)

Drama is an album released by German singer and actress Carolin Fortenbacher in 2008.

Drama (rapper)
For other brands of drama see drama and drama (disambiguation).

Terence Cook, better known by his stage name Drama, is an American Dirty South rapper, best known for his 1999 hit single " Left, Right, Left".

Drama (band)

Drama are a 4-piece rock band formed in Bolton, England in 2007. The band comprises vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Ian Gordon, guitarist and backing vocalist Rob Heyes, bassist Rik Hindle and drummer Alan Taylor. The band are currently preparing to release their second EP - "Beneath the Veil" - featuring remastered songs recorded at Outhouse Studios in Reading with producer John Mitchell.

Drama (disambiguation)

Drama, which is the form of literature usually performed as theatre, may refer to:

  • Drama, a general genre of dramatic works, such as literature, film, television drama, game, etc.
    • Drama, a narrative, represented in performance
    • Comedy-drama, a subgenre of drama
    • Docudrama, a subgenre of drama
    • Drama film, a film genre
    • Dramatic programming, television drama series content
    • Legal drama, a subgenre of drama
    • Melodrama, a subgenre of drama
    • Political drama, a subgenre of drama

Drama may also be a name or title:

Drama (Bananarama album)

Drama is the ninth studio album by the British female vocal duo Bananarama. It features eleven newly recorded tracks, along with a remix of their 1986 smash hit " Venus" (done by Soft Cell's Marc Almond) and a 2005 remix of their 1982 hit " Really Saying Something", an underground bootleg club hit produced by Solasso.

Drama is a comeback of sorts for Bananarama members Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin and is their first album to be released in their native UK since 1993. The album's first single " Move in My Direction" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at Number 14, also becoming their first UK Top 40 hit since 1993. The second single, " Look on the Floor (Hypnotic Tango)", also hit the UK Top 40, and climbed to Number 2 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart as an import, becoming Bananarama's biggest US dancefloor hit since "Venus" two decades earlier.

The album mostly incorporates pop and eurodance musical styles, with some synthpop elements. Drama charted at a number 169 in the UK. It was later released in the United States (both in retail stores and as digital downloads) in 2006. While the album performed well on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart, peaking at number 21, it did not chart on the Billboard 200, the US Pop Albums chart.

Drama (modern genre)

In the context of film and television, drama is a type of narrative fiction (or semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humorous in tone, focusing on in-depth development of realistic characters who must deal with realistic emotional struggles. A drama in this context is commonly considered the opposite of a comedy, but may also be considered distinct from other works of some broad types of literature, such as a fantasy.

To distinguish drama, in this narrower sense, from the broader use of the same word to mean the general storytelling mode of live performance, the word "drama" is often included as part of a phrase to specify its meaning. For instance, in the sense of a television genre, more common specific terms are a "drama show", "drama series", or "television drama" in the United States; "dramatic programming" in the United Kingdom; or "tele drama" in Sri Lanka. In the sense of a type of film, the common term is a "drama film". The term "the drama" refers to "the dramatic branch of literature; the dramatic art".

It is this narrow sense that the film and television industry and film studies adopted to describe " drama" as a type of film within their respective media.

With regard to radio, and the contemporary theatre the situation is more complex. " Radio drama" has been used in both senses, and it was originally used to described a play transmitted as a live performance; but it is also used to describe the more serious end of the dramatic output on the radio. Likewise in the theatre, dramas: "Serious or 'straight' plays as opposed to musicals or comedies make up many of the 18,000 theatrical productions that take place in London each year." The London and New York Theatre Guides (online) makes use also of these same three categories and the term "drama" is again a catch-all category, which in London, April 2015, included Ben Jonson's satirical comedy, The Alchemist, Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, his romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, other classics, Samuel Beckett's tragicomedy All That Fall. along with "serious" contemporary plays.

Drama (Kate Miller-Heidke song)

"Drama" is the first single to be lifted from Kate Miller-Heidke's fourth album O Vertigo!, written by Keir Nuttall & featuring vocals from Australian hip-hop artist Drapht. The song was released in February 2014 and has yet to chart.

Drama (EP)

Drama is the first mini album Mandarin solo by Aaron Yan of Taiwanese Mandopop quartet boy band Fahrenheit. It was released by HIM International Music on 30 May 2014. The EP consists of six songs performed by Yan.

Drama (UK TV series)

Drama is a one-hour UK television anthology series produced by Open City Productions. It consists of seven episodes of abridged productions of classic plays that were aired on the British Broadcasting Company in 1977. Episode titles are Oedipus Tyrannus, MacBeth, Medieval Mystery Plays, The Venetian Twins, The Way of the World, The Wild Duck, and Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Actors included Patrick Stewart, Leo McKern, and Nigel Stock.

Drama (graphic novel)

Drama is a graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier. The story talks about Callie, the protagonist, who has a love for the theater and the arts and dreams of being in a production. However, she realizes at a young age that her singing voice isn't up to the mark in comparison with the others out there so instead she works with a stage crew and a set designer, determined to make the set Broadway ready, with a minor setback of a middle school budget. With drama that happens both on and off the stage paired with two cute boys, things turn wild.


Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning " action" ( Classical Greek: , drama), which is derived from "to do" ( Classical Greek: , drao).

The two masks associated with drama represent the traditional generic division between comedy and tragedy. They are symbols of the ancient Greek Muses, Thalia and Melpomene. Thalia was the Muse of comedy (the laughing face), while Melpomene was the Muse of tragedy (the weeping face). Considered as a genre of poetry in general, the dramatic mode has been contrasted with the epic and the lyrical modes ever since Aristotle's Poetics (c. 335 BCE)—the earliest work of dramatic theory.

The use of "drama" in the narrow sense to designate a specific type of play dates from the 19th century. Drama in this sense refers to a play that is neither a comedy nor a tragedy—for example, Zola's Thérèse Raquin ( 1873) or Chekhov's Ivanov ( 1887). It is this narrow sense that the film and television industry and film studies adopted to describe " drama" as a genre within their respective media. " Radio drama" has been used in both senses—originally transmitted in a live performance, it has also been used to describe the more high-brow and serious end of the dramatic output of radio.

The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception. The structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception. The early modern tragedy Hamlet ( 1601) by Shakespeare and the classical Athenian tragedy Oedipus the King (c. 429 BCE) by Sophocles are among the masterpieces of the art of drama. A modern example is Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill (1956).

Drama is often combined with music and dance: the drama in opera is generally sung throughout; musicals generally include both spoken dialogue and songs; and some forms of drama have incidental music or musical accompaniment underscoring the dialogue ( melodrama and Japanese Nō, for example). In certain periods of history (the ancient Roman and modern Romantic) some dramas have been written to be read rather than performed. In improvisation, the drama does not pre-exist the moment of performance; performers devise a dramatic script spontaneously before an audience.

Drama (Norwegian band)

Drama was a Norwegian pop band from Larvik founded in 1981. They were dubbed Norway's first boy band. The band split in 1984 and reunited in 1987 but disbanded again in 1989. They released a total of four studio albums.

The band initially consisted of five members: Per Kristian "Muffe" Indrehus ( vocals and guitar), Geir Olav "Gækki" Bøkestad (guitar, vocals and keyboard), Per Arne "Perry" Strandbakken (keyboards), Tomas Siqveland ( bass, vocals) and Gunnar "Stikka" Refsdal ( drums). All members were 15 years old when the debut album came out, except Indrehus who was 17. In 1983 the band added Ole Jan "Ollie" Rimstad on guitar, vocals and keyboards.

The band released two albums, Breaking Away in 1982 and High Time in 1983, before Indrehus and Bøkestad left to start as a duo. The two would continue to use the Drama name, which resulted in a lawsuit against the rest of the band. After losing they renamed the duo Creation, while the four remaining members continued under the name of New Drama. Creation released four albums and New Drama two albums before they were reunited again under the name of Drama in 1987 and released another two albums. The band was finally dissolved in 1989.

Drama and Creation and released a double album on 29 May 2006. This album contains 42 tracks, including one new song, "Hello." The group was profiled on the second season of Gylne tider.

Drama (film)

Drama is a 2012 Indian Kannada romantic comedy thriller written, directed and co-produced by Yogaraj Bhat under the banner Yogaraj Movies and Jayanna Combines. It stars Yash, Radhika Pandit, Sathish Ninasam and Sindhu Lokanath in leading roles and Ambareesh in an extended cameo appearance.

Music for the film was scored by V. Harikrishna while lyrics for the soundtrack were written by the successful combination of Jayanth Kaikini and Yogaraj Bhat. Krishna was roped in as the cinematographer for the film, who had previously worked with Bhat in the massively successful film, Mungaru Male.

Drama (TV channel)

Drama (also known as The Drama Channel so it isn't confused with CBS Drama) is a digital television channel broadcasting drama (and, to a lesser extent, comedy) programming in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel launched on 8 July 2013, replacing Blighty. On Freeview, the channel was placed on channel 20, previously occupied by Gold. On Sky, the channel initially launched on channel 291, in the overspill area of the Entertainment section and moved to channel 166 on 24 July after purchasing the slot used by PBS America. The channel launched on Virgin Media on 14 August on channel 190. In September 2014, ITV blamed the channel for their 7% profits fall.

Usage examples of "drama".

Among the surprises of the unfolding drama, as tensions increased, was the extent to which the ardent, disputatious John Adams held himself in rein, proving when need be a model of civility and self-restraint, even of patience.

It was a red drama of the primitive-destruction amuck and ariot, the primordial embodied in fangs and talons, gone mad and plunging in slaughter.

Chapter 11 The drama at Bethabara was quickly noised far and wide throughout Palestine.

Here is a theatre for great dramas, wanting only the tragedian, The outlawed Sheikh of the Bishareen knew this full well, but, unlike others who know it, he had acted upon his convictions and revealed to wondering Egypt what Bedouin craft and a band of intrepid horsemen can do, aided by a belt of sand, and cloaked by night.

Answer: a science fiction musical comedy folk action religious drama with a big Bollywood ending.

Swallowing her curiosity, Carmen turned her thoughts back to the drama unfolding to the west, wishing she were there.

Romantic weather-forecasting like Andre Chenier and William Wordsworth, who felt its drama, continued to describe the Revolution as a great cyclonic disturbance.

George Tucker, today only an obscure footnote to the history of the drama, perceived yet another form of devil, one darker than any conjured up by the warring theologians of his time.

The eternity of the soul, past and future, once accepted by the mind, leads directly to the construction of the whole scheme of metempsychosis an everlasting succession of births and deaths, disembodiments and reembodiments, with their laws of personality and fortunes of time and space weaving the boundless web of destiny and playing the endless drama of providence.

The bright blue sky of Rome, and the effect of the vigorous awakening spring in that divinest climate, and the new life with which it drenches the spirits even to intoxication, were the inspiration of this drama.

The fabric was dense, drapey, and rather looked like a costume one would expect of a Sophoclean drama.

First and foremost, he was a lyric poet, but he composed epics and dramas as well.

At war with itself in the parts which it now exhibits, it has the unity, or harmony, of a drama torn with struggle.

Indeed, the bond ought to be closer, for one man wrote books and music as well of the Grail dramas, whereas different librettists and different composers created the Figaro comedies.

Hauling up the forecourse of a merchant-ship is like lifting the curtain again on the drama of the land.