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Drama: Solo Structures: The Pilgrim

To support Year 12 Drama

What is The Pilgrim?

A pilgrim a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons.


The television series Monkey -  Season 1, episodes 1, 2 and 3 (1978)

Performance Focus

Create a solo performance based on the character of the Pilgrim.

Having also been expelled from heaven for various misdemeanors, another angel – the Pilgrim – approaches Tripitaka to join Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy on their pilgrimage to retrieve the sacred scrolls from India. Desperate to return to heaven, the Pilgrim demonstrates his/her skills and the special abilities he/she can offer the group.

He/she does this by:

  • recreating key moments he/she witnessed that show how Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy were expelled from heaven
  • creating a moment(s) that shows how the Pilgrim will save them from a potentially dire and terrible situation
  • creating examples of other pilgrimages undertaken by people throughout history.

Performance Style

Non-naturalistic with aspects of magic realism.


Fatal Flaw refers to an imperfection, shortcoming or weakness in a character (for example, excessive pride or ambition) that leads them to make a certain choice(s) in a given situation. The choice(s) made results in the character’s downfall.

Dramatic Event

Symbol is used to create meaning that is not literal. Symbol allows performers to communicate ideas and themes through words, stagecraft and expressive skills.