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Arts and Humanities
Revision Notes, ONLY FOR DRAMA THEORY.
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The people in the play
The story of the play
The place and time where the events occur
The conversations of the characters
The play's message for the audience.
A struggle or clash of some kind.
Created by the tension in the play.
Causes the audience to be in a state of anxiety as it awaits the outcome of the action taking place on stage.
The most exciting point in the play.
Oval or circular stage surrounded by semi-circular raked seating
Part of the stage which extends beyond the proscenium arch
Stage type where the audience is on all four sides of the stage.
Fire curtain which separates the auditorium from the stage in the event of a fire
Line addressed directly to the audience. Other actors supposedly can't hear.
An audience space
Curtain at the rear of the stage on which scenery may be painted
All offstage facilities
The set movements for your character on stage
Curtains to conceal lighting above the stage
Booth where tickets are sold at the theatre
Standard interior stage set, showing three walls of a room
To laugh on stage out of character
The action or speech which is the signal for the next actor to speak, move or enter
The appearance of the cast on stage at the end of the performance to receive the audiences applause
A plain white back cloth or wall at the back of the stage, used for lighting and special effects
Part of the stage nearest the audience
Final rehearsal in costume before the opening night
Stage without a proscenium arch or front curtain, audience on one side only
Basic unit of scenery
Area above stage, which allows scenery to be flown
Lights used to give a general spread of light
Drawing of the set to scale which enables the director to block actors moves and aid set designers
Spot which can follow an actor around the stage
An imaginary wall which separates the audience from the actors
Front of House
Areas of theatre utilised by the audience
Place where the audience's coats may be kept during a performance
The colour filter which is placed in front of the lights to obtain lighting effects
A room backstage where actors relax while waiting for cues
A metal cut-out placed in front of light to obtain special effect
Lights which light up the auditorium
Curtains hanging on side of stage to mark off wings
Script indicating all lighting cues
When an actor conceals the focus of attention
A long, continuous speech by one character
Area on stage outside the performance area
Person who cues the actors when they forget their lines
Articles used on stage
Costume accessories used by the actor
Small objects the actors handle on stage
Articles used or carried by actors, for which the actors are personally responsible
Objects for dressing the stage
The arch which frames the stage opening, separating the stage from the audience
A platform used to create levels on stage
The arrangement of scenery to provide a suitable background
Speech spoken alone on stage
A space for performance
The part of the stage to the actors left when he is facing the audience
The part of the stage to the actors right when he is facing the audience
To remove from the stage
A stage which extends out into the auditorium, so that the audience sits on three sides of the actors
Opening in stage floor
A curtain which can be closed to reduce the depth of the stage space
Low platform on wheels on which a piece of scenery may be moved
The area of the stage furthest away from the audience
Person who shows audience members to their seats
Areas offstage to the sides of the acting area
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