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The English Renaissance Theatres, Stages, and Playwrights - The English Renaissance Theatre was also known as the Early Modern English Theatre or Elizabethan Theatre. It occurred during the Reformation and 1642 when they were discontinued. There were many types of plays ranging from mystery, tragedy, masques to morality most had a biblical themes. Soon came the establishment of permanent theatres after plays were forbidden in 1572 in an effort to contain the spread of the plague. With the construction of permanent theatres came regular performances as well as well known playwrights many of whom were well educated but some were not....   [tags: Theater ]
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The Three Globe Theatres: Shakespeare’s Theatre - Known by many as Shakespeare’s theatre, the Globe theatre is the epitome of the statement, “Third times the charm.” As it has burned to the ground, was destroyed by puritans and now stands today in its third, non-flammable form, “The New Globe Theatre.” All three of the Globe theatres have been built in similar fashion with a thrust stage surrounded by a two story; circular shaped building that housed magnificent audiences. Attracted by the special effects and the various plays produced by The Kings Men, the audiences only slowed when outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague occurred....   [tags: stage, built, era, plays] 988 words
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Closing and Reopening of the American Theatres - England was split into two worlds during Elizabeth's reign. There was the world of Whitehall (The Court) and the world of the country. The country saw the establishment of the Puritan tradition. The Puritans were essentially anti-culture and were considered enemies of art and popular culture, the Puritans believed in piety, austerity and sobriety not only in dressing but also in manners. Thus they were driving people weary and making them long for a change and seek entertainment and pleasure. <b>The stage and the drama</b> Elizabethan reign saw a sudden rise in the standards of the drama....   [tags: American Literature] 340 words
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Uses of ICT in Theatres - Uses of ICT in theatres Databases may contain information regarding: * Props - & people who make them * Costumes - * Actors * Producers * Directors * Regular visitors * Scenery - makers, painters * Make-up people * Rehearsal times * Staff rotas Publicity: * Programmes * Filters * Press releases * Posters * List of contacts Smoke/fire alarms Emergency lighting A theatre may use ICT for a wide number of tasks: Ticket-booking systems (both on- and off-line) Internet site Staff rotas Promotional materials Cash flow Automatic lighting systems Central management system Accounts Scheduling User interfaces Alarms Data Protection Act -relates to any personal data (relating to living indivi...   [tags: ICT Essays] 2830 words
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Epic Theatres - Epic Theatres "Epic Theatre turns the spectator into an observer, but arouses his capacity for action, forces him to take decisions...the spectator stands outside, studies." (Bertolt Brecht. Brecht on Theatre. New York:Hill & Yang, 1964. p37) The concept of “epic theatre” was brought to life by German playwright, Bertolt Brecht. This direction of theatre was inspired by Brecht's Marxist political beliefs. It was somewhat of a political platform for his ideologies. Epic theatre is the assimilation of education through entertainment and is the antithesis of Stanislavsky's Realism and also Expressionism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1061 words
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Difference between Greek and Modern Theatres - Difference between Greek and Modern Theatres Theatre today as in ancient Greek times is a popular from of entertainment. Today’s theatres share many similarities with the Greek predecessors however they are also very different. There are in fact many differences for example; layout, special effects, seating arrangement, the importance of drama and religion, setting, location and architectural features. In ancient Greece festivals were mainly held at the Great Dionysia. This was the oldest theatre in Greece and many plays were performed here for example the first performance of Antigone....   [tags: Papers] 1331 words
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The Various Theatres of War and the Final Outcome. - The Various Theatres of War and the Final Outcome. The Western Front was only part of a war that also caused suffering and destruction in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. There were some dramatic battles in the mountains between Italian and Austrian troops. There were some tremendous battles on the Eastern Front where Russians fought Germans and Austrians. In the Middle East, Turkish troops with German officers fought British Commonwealth and Empire troops, along with their Arab allies....   [tags: Papers] 670 words
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Motion Picture Industry: Dark Knight, Indiana Jones, and Iron Man - Motion Picture Industry “Descriptive statistics lays the foundation for all statistical knowledge, but it is not something that you should learn simply so you can use it in the distant future, it will be used now” (Hill, n.d., para. 5). Gaining an understanding of the most basic form of statistics is crucial, some of the topics that we will focus on are the measures of location, range, quartiles, standard deviation, outliers, and correlation coefficient. Taking into consideration the movie industry and data collected for a sample of 100 motion pictures produced in 20XX the goal is to build a report that contains a 5-number summary for total gross, opening gross, weeks, and theatres for ind...   [tags: sales, statistics, theatres]
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The History of the Darling Theatre Company - The History of the Darling Theatre Company This theatre company came into being in 1979 when a famous old London theatre went bankrupt and the owners of the building attempted to sell it to property developers. George Darling, a well known stage actor, launched a campaign to save the theatre and, with the help of many famous friends in the acting world, created strong public support for retaining the building as a theatre. However no existing theatre company was in a position to take over the building and the owners suggested to George Darling that he use his connections to set up his own company....   [tags: London Theatres Acting Drama Essays] 2685 words
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Anna Mackmin's Sheffield Theatres (2004) production of The Crucible - Anna Mackmin's Sheffield Theatres (2004) production of The Crucible The first area to assess is the use of setting and scenery concerning this production of the play. The set of the play produces a very surreal and segregated atmosphere that appears to be very striking and unsettling for the audience. This was achieved in the opening scene primarily through the use of floorboards placed on a ploughed field, as Anna Mackmin, the Director stated "We wanted a space that was iconic… we needed to take into account the idea that this is a tiny world in the midst of a wilderness… so we have put wooden planks into a ploughed field."....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 2631 words
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Theatrical Illumination - The Role of Illumination Theatrical lighting has undergone significant changes from its first utilization to modern application. Illumination is essential to the theatrical experience we are familiar with. When the lights come up, the mood is set. Lighting in a performance context manipulates the audience's attention to focus on what the director has deemed important. When an actor or space is no longer an integral part the lights around them dim, dismissing that component and refocusing on what is lit....   [tags: Lighting in Theatres] 1385 words
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Opposing Traditional Theatre Norms - Throughout history, theatre has been critical to the artistic realm. Stories told centuries ago with lessons of nobility, morality, courage, and patriotism seem to despise the passage of time, and are still being recreated. However, not everyone has been partial to this conventional form of theatre. Antonin Artaud, in particular, loathed the theatre, and wanted to reform the way society experienced it. In this paper, I will examine Artaud’s role as a major contributor to modern theatre in his attempt to rid performance of its fake realism, as well as the bourgeoisie neoclassical ideals....   [tags: Theatre]
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Theatre and Popular Opinion In Eighteenth-Century Paris - The eighteenth century is widely reputed to have been the Age of Theatre in France. A unique form of entertainment and mass communication, theatrical productions brought together representatives from all degrees of social and economic status in one building to share a common experience. Despite an attitude that emphasized the glorification of French culture, the government viewed the theatre primarily as a form of entertainment and sought to prevent any deviation from this main emphasis. Although plays were monitored through censorship of scripts, the agents of authority made little attempt to shape popular views on specific political issues through drama....   [tags: Arts Theatre France History Historical Essays]
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Cleveland Public Theatre: Creativity and Community - Theater is an established art form that has served as public entertainment for many years. Theater communicates ideas and opinions in both entertaining and informative ways. Another aspect of theater is the capability of creating awareness on issues. The Cleveland Public Theatre has a long history of controversial and innovative productions that affect the entire audience. Cleveland Public Theatre’s creative performances have the potential of shaping theater as an art form, impacting the community, and making a difference in the world....   [tags: Theatre]
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History as a Theatre - When Karl Marx wrote “the Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte,” he interpreted the historical stage and his writing of history as parts of a theatre: he writes; “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak twice. He forgot to add the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Caussidiere for Danton, Louis Blanc for Robespierre, the Montagne of 1848 to 1851 for the Montagne of 1793 to 1795, the nephew for the uncle. And the same caricature occurs in the circumstances of the second edition of the Eighteenth Brumaire.” Here, Marx’s theatrical interpretation of the historical process appears to be somewhat contradictory to his...   [tags: Karl Marx, 18th Brumaire, Louis Bonaparte]
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Bread and Puppet Theatre and the Audience - Bread and Puppet Theatre and the Audience The name of the Bread and Puppet Theatre hails from the custom of sharing freshly baked bread with the theatre visitors to symbolise that art should be an everyday ritual for everyone just like eating bread.` We give you a piece of bread with the puppet show because our bread and theatre belong together. For a long time the theatre arts have been separated from the stomach. Theatre was entertainment.` (Peter Schumann, Bread & Puppet official website). The foremost goal of this theatre is to raise feelings of sensitivity in the viewer and to outline what the terms 'good' and 'evil' mean, especially in political spheres....   [tags: Theatre, Drama, Art]
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Symbolism of Italian and French Theatre and Opera - Introduction The “Querelle des Bouffons” ("Quarrel of the Comic Actors") was a cultural war over the comparative merits of French and Italian opera styles. It was divided into two camps; the supporters of Italian music known as the coin de la reine, and the partisans of French music known as the coin du roi. However the querrelle had political and social implications with supporters of the royal establishment championing French opera, they saw as being forged on the principles of French classicism and absolutist ideology, while proponents of Enlightenment saw in Italian opera a vehicle for subversive attacks on that establishment....   [tags: Humanities, Theatre]
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The Original Globe Theatre - One of the most famous theatres in the Elizabethan Age was the Globe Theatre. The Elizabethan Era started in 1558 and lasted to 1603. The theatres from the era were said to be the best and most significant part of the culture at that time. With the Black Death killing people every day, people needed an escape from this death sentencing disease. It all started with inn – yard theatres. A group of people would go from village to village performing for the people in a market place or village square....   [tags: Shakespeare, English Playwrights, history]
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Greek and Elizabethan Theatre - William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Ben Johnson are names that have resonated through the centuries. Not since ancient Athens has there been such gluttony of talent, producing stories for the ages. Might Athens be were these Englishmen found their inspiration. Greece produced its share of legendary playwrights; Sophocles and Euripides are two of the most famous. There are far m Elizabethan England gave birth to some of the most famous names in theatre. ore similarities between Elizabethan and Greek Theatre then there are differences....   [tags: Compare and Contrast, Analysis] 912 words
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Ancient Greek Theatre and Drama - Ancient Greece, the birthplace of theatre, continues to greatly influence theatre today. Drama is a form of poetry, because dialogue was spoken or sung in verses. Many Greek plays are still relevant today. Some plays survived on their merits, while others were preserved from academic interest or by accident (Peter Arnott). The Great Dionysia was an important yearly religious celebration and festival, honoring Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. The Great Dionysia is where theatre first began....   [tags: genres, great dionysia, ] 1632 words
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Costumings Effect in Theatre Production - What is costuming. When first hearing the word, one’s thoughts tend to lean towards costumes: colorful arrays of frivolous or wild clothing, usually worn during some sort of theatre production or special event. Why is this though. Because from the dawn of time people have used costumes to aid in the telling of their stories, myths, and legends. Costumes were used to better a person's understanding of these tales being told to them, making it easier for a person to remember the story, and thus making the story easier to be retold again and again....   [tags: Costuming Hisstory, Theater Analysis]
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Goodman Theatre and Beyond - My summer marketing internship at Goodman Theatre changed the course of my life. Before last summer, I had only a vague idea of what my career goals were. Ever since my acting debut in my junior high’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, I have known that I wanted to work in theatre. My passion for the art has always been unwavering. I appreciated theatre’s important function as a mirror to society, and the dynamic relationship between audiences and live performers was infectious and addicting....   [tags: application essays] 1000 words
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The History and Present Use of the Globe Theatre - ... In the back of the stage there are 2 doors that allow the actors to come and go off the stage. And since the theatre has no roof a “heaven” (ceiling supported by pillars) protects the actors from rain. Above the heavens is an attic space where the flying effects and sound effects (cannon) are held. And finally above the heavens, is a flag with the sign of the Globe. For seating, most of the audience stands on the floor level in front of the stage but for the paying customers, they get to sit in the balcony that surrounds the stage....   [tags: shakespeare, archetecture, relocated] 559 words
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The Orgins of Greek Theatre - There is no denying the fact that theatre is truly a link between all civilizations it comes in many forms spiritual rituals, storytelling, hymns, odes, and performances. It has been utilized during the many downfalls of civilizations as a means of communication and was truly shaped by the Greeks. The origins of theatre can be traced back to the Greeks as a religious ritual to their gods, to their implementations of the technical aspects of theatre, through their plays and also through the actual stages that they constructed....   [tags: stages, society, religous, gods] 2381 words
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Musical Theatre: The Process of Putting Together, and Being in a Musical - Musical Theatre The Process of Putting Together, and Being in a Musical Research: Music Song Writing There are many different ways for writing a song. Often this varies depending on the type of song the writer is composing. Sometimes the lyrics will be written first then a vocal melody written to accompany the lyrics. Often the chorus will be written before the verses so the general mood of the song can be established and repeated through the chorus. Instrumentalists Usually the orchestral part of a song is not written with the first copy of a musical (Book) it is most often written when the musical has been chosen by a producer and the type of orchestra has been decided....   [tags: Musical Theatre]
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The Batman Theatre Shooting - This theory is about an idea of which social interactions over the course of a person’s life shape behavior. The real world example I will be using to describe this theory is the “The Batman Theatre Shooting”. On the day of July 20, 2012, “Dark Knight Rises” a movie was just released to movie theatres around the world. Many people were waiting for the movie to come out but not knowing what was going to be in store for them later on that day. James Eagan Holmes was a student out of University of Colorado-Denver of Medicine....   [tags: social interactions, behaviors, crimes]
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Comparing and Constrasting Changes Between the Elizabethan Theatre to Theatre of Today’s Society - Within this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the changes that have occurred between Elizabethan Theatre to theatre of today’s society, in particular drawing attention toward American theatre and its first existence. I will give specific examples, such as’Tis Pity She’s A Whore’ a play by John Ford, with regards to Elizabethan Theatre in comparison with the works within Broadway, and how particular playwrights, such as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, helped to ground the movement that is American theatre....   [tags: broadway, travelling actors] 1496 words
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Theatre in the Community - Theatre in the Community Britain in 1979 was a place of great change and division. Although the country had united in the election of Margaret Thatcher as the first Conservative woman Prime minister by the early 1980’s one could say that the country was spiralling into a state of decline. This was largely due to the disarray of the previous Labour government and the implementation of the Conservative government’s robust style of economic management. All spheres of social and cultural life were to be judged on their economic terms and values....   [tags: Drama] 1434 words
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The Globe Theatre - The Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre is probably the most important structure in Shakespeare's dramatic career. The Chamberlain's Company built it in 1599, and it stood on the Southern shore of the Thames River in London. At this time Shakespeare was a member of the Chamberlain's Company, and therefore he became a shareholder in the theatre. The profits actors made off of their shares were their main means of support, as it was for Shakespeare. The Globe was just one of many theatres built in London around this time....   [tags: Papers] 507 words
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Mark Esslin's Theatre of the Absurd: Camus and his Debasement of Language - In 1962, writer Mark Esslin took pleasure in composing the novel Theatre of the Absurd and quickly became a major influence on the works of many inspired writers. Esslin subsequently made ensuing plays and stories which focused on nonspecific existentialist concepts and which did not remain consistent with his ideas, rejecting the “narrative continuity and the rigidity of logic.” As a result, the protagonist of these stories is often not capable of containing himself within his or her disorderly society (“Theatre”)....   [tags: theatre of the absurd]
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The Influence of Chekhov and Ibsen on Singapore Theatre - Singapore theatre is greatly influenced by the theatre of Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen, especially in regard to the purpose of the play. Ibsen and Chekhov use their plays as social commentaries to explore Europe’s social issues and criticise outdated norms; Singaporean plays function as social commentaries, too. However, Singapore theatre and the theatre of Chekhov and Ibsen are definitely not entirely the same, with writing styles being a main contrast. This paper examines how much the work of Ibsen and Chekhov has affected Singapore theatre....   [tags: Singapore Theater ]
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I Saw a Life Performance at Birmingham Repertory Theatre - On 29 of September 2009, I went to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to watch the live performance of east is east, and then we have been told to write a theatre review explaining the story of the play, the set, the characters costume, actor’s voice and then conclude about the live performance. The play was written by Ayub-Khan-Din telling his story about his childhood. The play we watched was rewritten. The play east is east is based on family, culture clash, identity clash, freedom of choice, imprisonment and arranged marriage....   [tags: Theatre, live performance, ] 745 words
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Epic Theatre: The Influences of Bertolt Brecht - Response Essay “Theatre makes us think about power and the way our society works and it does this with a clear purpose, to make a change.” The ideas of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1965) changed the theatre in many ways. Brecht along with Erwin Piscator developed the style of Epic theatre style contrasting to previous accepted styles. Presentational in form, Epic theatre is a vehicle for social comment through techniques such as: alienation, historification, eclectic influences (highly Asian), constructivism in scenery, disjointed and illogical scene placement, ordinary clothing and lighting, the use of music to detach the audience from emotion, placards and signs and projected images....   [tags: Theater, Drama] 1461 words
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The Shakespearean Theatre - The Shakespearean Theatre The plays of Shakespeare during his lifetime were performed on stages in private theatres, provincial theatres, and playhouses. His plays were acted out in the yards of bawdy inns and the great halls of the London Inns of Court. Today we are going to talk about one of the most well known of all the renaissance stages associated with Shakespeare. But first a brief introduction to some of the other Elizabethan theatres to provide a more complete picture of the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked....   [tags: Papers] 1391 words
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Theatre as Philosophy - -Theatre as Philosophy- The evolution of theatre is a long and complex story. What once began as a ritual to the ancient gods has since developed into an elaborate examination of mankind. Theatre originated in Ancient Greece as a celebration to the god Dionysius, where amateur actors would dance and sing in order to imitate him. Consequently, as the Greek Empire developed, so did theatre. By the end of the Greek Empire, scripts were being written, theatres were being built, and professional actors were being used....   [tags: essays research papers] 1588 words
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Fantasy in Theatre - Fantasy in Theatre In preperation for our performance on the above subject, we firstly listened to several pieces of fantasy music as a guided visualisation in which we were asked to imagine going through different doors and to visualise what was behind them. This then inspired us to experiment with diferent stylistic devices to include in our performance. We were given two pieces of text that was goin to be the scope for our piece of Drama, they were: A Midsummer Night's Dream - A play by William Shakespeare....   [tags: Fantasy Shakespeare Theatre Drama Essays] 1115 words
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Victorian Playwrights - The Victorian Era in the United Kingdom is archetypally deemed the time period when Queen Victoria ruled, from 1837 to 1901 (Miller 1). While the Queen’s reign altered many social aspects of British life, perhaps the most noticeable was drama. Previously, theatre had been precluded and disapproved of due to various reasons, particularly religion. However, Queen Victoria chose to attend histrionic performances often and eventually made it reputable. The Queen considered Shakespeare too confusing of a playwright (Airdrie 1) and it soon became the job of numerous others to create amusing plays that she and countless other Europeans would enjoy....   [tags: Theatre]
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The Impact of Technology on Theatre - The Impact of Technology on Theatre *No Works Cited The history of theatre in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries is one of the increasing commercialization of the art, accompanied by technological innovations, the introduction of serious critical review, expansion of the subject matters portrayed to include ordinary people, and an emphasis on more natural forms of acting. Theatre, which had been dominated by the church for centuries, and then by the tastes of monarchs for more than 200 years, became accessible to merchants, industrialists, and the less privileged and then the masses....   [tags: Papers] 1208 words
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The Impact of Restoration Comedy on Theatre - The Impact of Restoration Comedy on Theatre Shortly after the glory days of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, a Puritanical movement led by Oliver Cromwell gained control of Parliament. Cromwell ethics did not extend to cover the moral extravagance of theatre. Under the guise of public health and safety, Parliament ordered the closing of all theatres on September 2, 1642. Such dirty public areas were the perfect breeding ground for the spreading of plague. Actors were left with two options, join Charles I in the civil war against Cromwell, or defy the law and continue performing....   [tags: European History] 839 words
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Elizabethan Threatre versus Theatre Today - Elizabethan theatres were much different than the theatres of today. They were open aired and circular in design. The stage and acting areas were also mcuh different than in theatres today. The most important feature of the Elizabethan stage was that it was a thrust stage. This means that it was extended into the audience, similar to fashion "catwalks" of today. There was no procenium arch and no curtains on the stage. This affected the way that scene changes occurred in Shakespearean plays, and also tells us why little or no props were used on stage....   [tags: Compare, Contrast] 287 words
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Impact of Theatre on a Person - Impact of Theatre on a Person Theatre throughout the ages has been an important tool in teaching valuable life lessons. As society developed so too did the forms of theatre. Epic theatre, developed by Bertolt Brecht, is a form of political theatre used to demonstrate important flaws, such as racism and world poverty, in society by alienating the audience from the presented storyline in order to have them become intellectually involved. Realism can be considered epic theatres binary opposite, appeals to the masses by using the fourth-wall technique to entice the audience to feel empathy for the character and the situations being presented....   [tags: Papers] 690 words
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William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre        The Globe Theater, an entertainment outlet for all people of that time, provided a place for Shakespeare's plays to be performed.  It was the third and most famous playhouse in London.  When it was built, it was one of the most important playhouses in London.  The Globe's architecture was intriguing for its time and its life was long and prosperous. The Globe was built by two brothers, Cuthbert and Richard Burbage.  They had inherited the Globe's predecessor, The Theatre, from their father, James Burbage (Williams 365).  Fearing their lease would run out, the brothers dismantled it and carried the materials to Bankside, where the Swan and Rose a...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Allocation of Seats in a Theatre - The aim of my project is to make the task of the allocation of seats in a theatre in a much more efficient manner than writing down on a piece of paper, which will allow calculations to be taken to show the overall costs against profit for the whole show. This will also allow the spreadsheet to also take into account the fixed costs of show, the projected profits from program sales, confectionery sales and other miscellaneous costs and profits from the show and quickly and efficiently calculate them....   [tags: Papers] 5739 words
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Presentation Given on Musical Theatre - Presentation Given on Musical Theatre Presentation The eminence of the musical has been the most significant theatre phenomenon in the world over the last twenty years. It has not only given British theatres a greatly needed financial boost but has changed 'popular' theatre indefinitely. Before this, they never throbbed with subtlety because someone was always bursting into song about how every thing 'was looking just swell'. The musical not only wanted to sing away your troubles, but your thoughts as well....   [tags: Papers] 1682 words
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Why Does Theatre Survive - Why does theatre survive. 3rd term acting studies essay by Ralph Gassmann "All the world’s a stage…" to quote the world’s most famous playwright William Shakespeare who rose to prominence in the 16th century during the reign of Elizabeth I, and who’s plays have excited and obsessed the generations since and will doubtless continue to do so as we approach the 2nd millennium. On this stage the actor represents the symbol of man with all his imperfection and weakness, with all his morals and ideals....   [tags: essays research papers] 1288 words
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A Historical Overview of the Development of Theatre Technology from Ancient Greece to the Mid-1800s - Throughout the history of the theatre its technology has helped to convey the story, amaze the audience, and to, at times, make the theatrical performance possible. Over the ages we have seen the growth of theatre shown in its technology, namely its staging, costumes, scenery, and lighting. We will trace the development and growth of these technologies from Ancient Greece through the end of the eighteenth-century. The technology of the Ancient Greeks is, in fact, very amazing. One has no options other than to be dumbfounded by what they were capable of ....   [tags: Theater]
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19th Century Theatre - The nineteenth century was a very important time in plays and playwrights throughout the world. Many playwrights were taking new directions in their plays and there were also many new playwrights taking their chances at writing great plays. Women were starting to make appearances also as playwrights in the theatre. In this paper I’m going to discuss some of the nineteenth century playwrights and what they did. Just as the eighteenth century was coming to an end, there were many political and social events that brought huge changes to the European theatre....   [tags: essays research papers] 822 words
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The Theatre and its Identity Crisis - My trust in the definitiveness of reality is swiftly disintegrating beneath me. The deeper I dive into the abyss of theory, the more I realize that nothing I have learned is safe from change; that facts may actually be temporary and that everything is a prisoner of our construction of time. In admitting this, I worry that these hypotheses are the beginning of a tiny delusion that will begin to gradually eat away at the rest of my sanity. That scares me a bit, yes, but even as I sit here writing, I love this newfound instability because it’s ironically made me feel more grounded than I’ve ever felt....   [tags: Female Roles in Theatre] 2217 words
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The Need for Theatre in Wyoming to Find Outside Funding - The Need for Theatre in Wyoming to Find Outside Funding There you are sitting in a theatre watching a play. You say to yourself, this play could be so much better if they would do that different. Of course the designers could do things differently, they might have even considered the same things that you have, the only thing wrong with that is that type of stuff takes money. What most people don't realize is that the theatres in Wyoming are very under funded. Theatres in Wyoming are not able to support themselves alone they need outside funding....   [tags: Papers] 1102 words
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Theatre as a Platform for Addressing Current Issues in Society: A Number, by Caryl Churchill - Introduction Over the years, the essence of theatre has not only been to entertain, but to also allow the build up of a culture in a quickly growing uncultured generation. Regardless of the existence of so many other forms of entertainment, theatre has always established a commanding niche in most people’s hearts, and is undoubtedly the most realistic form of entertainment (Bruce 12). The acting bit of theatre performances makes things real and in their immediate contexts, allowing the audience to draw conclusions based on what they see....   [tags: Tragic Heroes, Expressing Ideas]
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Neil Simon, The Most Successful Playwright In The History Of Theatre - Neil Simon, the Most Successful Playwright in The History of Theatre "It can be argued that Neil Simon is not only America's most successful playwright, but also the most successful playwright in the history of theatre."1 Despite being criticized for lack of substance, his hugely successful comedies are consistently revived, whether on Broadway or in other community or dinner theatres. Last week the University of Notre Dame's Mainstage season opened with the departmental premiere of Barefoot in the Park....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Definition of Dramaturgy - Dramaturgy is often referred to as being a very ‘slippery’ and indefinable word; though there are standard definitions available for us to find, we cannot seem to comprehend these definitions without exceptions arising. For example, the online Oxford English Dictionary defines dramaturgy as either being a ‘dramatic composition; the dramatic art’ or as ‘dramatic or theatrical acting.’ However, words such as ‘composition’ can be highly vague, leaving itself open to broad interpretations and debates via the scholars of drama and theatre studies....   [tags: Theatre]
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Theatre Response: A Christmas Play - Prior to the Thanksgiving break, I believe that there should be very little celebration of Christmas. The things that happen during the Thanksgiving season are separate in my mind from the celebration of Christmas, but the entire marketing campaign would like to disagree; Christmas commercials and music are played on television channels during Thanksgiving time. In the case of the Christmas play here at Monmouth, there is an exception. There is very little time between the return from Thanksgiving break and the departure for Christmas break; this time is usually occupied with final exams and preparation for them....   [tags: Thanksgiving celebrations separate from Christmas] 537 words
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