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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dramatise, an alternative spelling of dramatize.


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  • By focusing on the brutalisation of Ama's body, and on the psychological scars of her experiences, Herbstein dramatises the collective trauma of slavery through the story of a single African woman.


  • It dramatises the Persian response to news of their military defeat at the Battle of Salamis (480 BCE), which was a decisive episode in the Greco – Persian Wars; as such, the play is also notable for being the only extant Greek tragedy that is based on contemporary events.

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  • Based on the life and trial of Joan of Arc, the play dramatises based on what is known of her life and on the substantial records of her trial.

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  • In this sense it has more in common with a novel such as Camus's The Plague, in which a dystopian but familiar reality dramatises the dilemmas of the age.

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  • Today, As The World Tipped, at Mile End Park, directed by Sydney Olympics opening ceremony creator Nigel Jamieson, dramatises the fallout of the failed Copenhagen Climate Change Conference with a filmscape and performers above the heads of the crowd.

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  • In his play Anne Boleyn, Howard Brenton dramatises the way Henry's second queen alerted him to Tyndale's congenial opinions on the royal supremacy, and overtures were made for Tyndale's return to England.

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  • It was with understandable trepidation that Mark Covell travelled from his council flat to Rome last week for a preview of the film that dramatises the night he was savagely beaten and left in a coma by Italian police.

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  • The Run dramatises the process significantly, but between its oddly floaty car handling, brief but ill-advised on-foot sections and the fact that the race takes less than five hours, the result is something of passing mediocrity, which despite its good looks will leave you feeling shortchanged.

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  • Its source is Tasso's war epic Gerusalemme Liberata, but whereas most other composers were inspired by the great love affair across battle lines between Rinaldo and Armida, Vivaldi dramatises its messy aftermath, in which Armida heads for Egypt, where she uses all her sexual powers in an attempt to persuade the caliph and his generals to raise an army against Rinaldo's forces on her behalf.

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  • And Simon Stephens's Canopy of Stars powerfully dramatises the tensions between a British soldier and his wife – who cannot imagine what he is fighting for.

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