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Drama: Solo Structures: Jonas

To support Year 12 Drama

Who is Jonas?

Jonas is the main protagonist in The Giver written by Lois Lowry.

Jonas and Gabriel [source]


The Giver is the first novel in the Giver quartet. It tells the story of Jonas, a twelve (eleven at the beginning of the novel) year old boy who lives in a strictly controlled society where there is no suffering or pain, but also no color or music. Jonas is selected to become the next Receiver of Memory, a special position where the person appointed for the role stores memories of the past to aid in decision-making in the community. [source]

Performance Focus

Create a solo performance based on the character of Jonas.

Having arrived at the house at the bottom of the hill with a cold and tired Gabriel in his arms, Jonas begs to stay in this world of emotions and parents-of-parents. He pleads his case to the assembled family, determined to get them to understand why he can never return to his former home.
He does this by:

  • recreating moments that show how Jonas’s understanding of his experiences in his community changed once he became the Receiver
  • creating examples of what he predicts is happening back in his community now that memories have returned
  • creating an example(s) of what another person, real or fictional, has done in order to gain their freedom.

Reference Material

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Learning Commons has a copy).

Performance Style



Heightened use of language is the poetic and exaggerated use of language. It includes a deliberate choice of words whose syntax, alliteration and rhyming patterns enhance the dramatic statement. The intended meaning is enhanced through the use of non-conventional and non-naturalistic dialogue.

Dramatic Event

Mood is the overall feeling or emotion that a performance can evoke. This may be achieved through manipulation of acting, conventions or stagecraft.