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Drama: Solo Structures: The Fortune Hunter

To support Year 12 Drama

What is a fortune hunter?

A person who eagerly seeks wealth without working to earn it, especially in an adventurous way or in an unsavory or unscrupulous way such as by marrying another in order to acquire that person's money. [source]


El Dorado is applied to a legendary story in which precious stones were found in fabulous abundance along with gold coins. The concept of El Dorado underwent several transformations, and eventually accounts of the previous myth were also combined with those of a legendary lost city. [source]

Performance Focus

Create a solo performance based on the character of the Fortune Hunter.

Fresh from a hair-raising adventure in Zanzibar, the dynamic and daring Fortune Hunter, now in possession of one half of a long-lost treasure map, sets his/her sights on finding El Dorado, the lost city of gold. At a dingy bar in Caracas, he/she meets with the mysterious owner of the other half of the map and cunningly tries to persuade them to give it up. He/she does this by:

  • recreating moments that show how the Fortune Hunter will draw upon the variety of other expeditions undertaken to search for El Dorado
  • creating examples of how he/she overcame some of the dangers and diffculties faced in the adventure(s) in Zanzibar
  • creating an example(s) of another place, civilisation or relic that has been plundered or is considered ‘lost’.

Performance Style



Caricature is an exaggeration of a character that is often ludicrous or grotesque. It can be comic, at times derogatory, with the intention to ridicule.

Dramatic Event

Climax refers to the most signifcant moment of tension or con ict in a drama, often occurring towards the end of the plot. Multiple climaxes and/or an anticlimax can also occur. The action of a drama usually unravels after the climax has transpired, but the work might finish with a climactic moment.