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the part of the stage in front of the proscenium.
a) the first time marking a play in rehearsal; learning where and when to move.
b) Masking of an actor or actors by another actor or actors.
the words or action, which initiate another action.
the part of the stage nearest the audience.
a speech to end the play.
the space above the stage, which allows scenery to be 'flown' onto the stage by means of ropes and pulleys.
abbreviation for front of house, i.e. foyer, box office etc.
a waiting room, backstage or under the stage.
the lights, which illuminate the auditorium, which are usually dimmed before the performance starts.
the use of lighting on stage to create mood and atmosphere.
the chart showing the cues and changes of lighting .
Using movement as a means to portray emotions or inanimate objects.
a speech or scene given as an introduction to a play.
an arch, which divides the stage from the auditorium. The front curtain hangs from it.
old-fashioned stages were built with a slope from upstage to downstage to facilitate sight lines.
a solo speech spoken to the audience to reveal the character's unspoken thoughts.
sounds created to add effects to the performance. Sounds may be recorded, or performed live.
a combination of sounds made by actors to create the sensation of an environment
the audience surrounds the actors.
the action takes place in the middle of the space with the audience on two sides facing each other.
Human suffering is used as a form of entertainment for an audience.
Funny performances that Include physical comedy, farce, wit, satire.
a form of comedy that originated in Italy in the 16th century. Uses masks and stock characters.
The emotions and plot / action are emphasized.
Every part of the performance is detailed and as close to life as possible.
Like naturalism, but most of the conflict comes from human mistakes.
Theatre of the Absurd
A form of theatre that originated post-war to question the meaning of life. Plots are very simple and nothing much happens,
A dramatisation based around an actual event.
Name an absurdist playwright
(Samuel Becket) (Eugené Ionesco) (Edward Albie)