Dramatic Interpretation

Dramatic Interpretation Overview, Pieces and Advice

Avoiding Shock Pieces

Drama can be defined as a genre of fiction that is of a serious tone and involves conflict. Nowhere is it described as being a fictitious tale of death and destruction. Yet, many Dramatic Interpretations (DI) automatically turn towards the more shocking subjects with severe problems when in actuality there is little to be gained.

Crying in a Round

Dramatic Interpretation (DI) is an event riddled with conflict, stress, relationship drama, and frequent emotional outpours. These are givens that coincide with a serious event, naturally. However, there is one element that is debatable as to whether or not it should be permitted within DI: crying. Should a piece allow for characters to wail? Is a single, artistically shed tear acceptable?

Declamation, NOT Impersonation

Though Declamation is not a widely practiced event, and rules are thus short and often general, there are a few regulations that are explicit. The National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) states that pieces should be “conveyed credibly and convincingly as if the words were the speaker’s own. This event is an interpretation, not an impersonation.” Plain, simple, and direct.

Dramatic Interpretation: NSDA '14 3rd Place - "Sole"


Performance by Reuben Hoyle of Blue Springs South Senior High School at the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association's National Championship Tournament.

Martyr's Song DI--NCFCA 2011 Nationals--Clayton Millhouse


"Clayton Millhouse performs Ted Dekker's book, Martyr's Song, as his DI that was qualified for Nationals. Although he didn't break at Nationals, he took 2nd place at the 2011 GA Open and 8th place for the Region IX Regional Invitational. Enjoy"

"I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document..."


"Elizabeth Akudugu- 3rd Place

Full Title- I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given To Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda."

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