History Of Theatre

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Since before the Common Era, people have found new ways of showing emotions and talent on stage. This is also referred to as stage performance, or Theatre. From play writes, to costumes, to acting, all of these things have contributed over the centuries to the modern plays that you see today, whether it be in New York, London, China, or at your local college. Beginning with the early Greeks, to the Chinese Dynasties through Shakespeare and into modern times, theatre has continuously evolved as an art form. However, it still remains a commentary on society. Theatre originated in Greece. Reason being, it was to show love for the god Dionysus, god of fertility and wine. Four festivals were held throughout the year in his honor. This all started…show more content…
This theatre was built in the shadows of the Acropolis9, in Athens. “In its first form, the Greek theatre consisted of a circular dancing-place or “orchestra” marked out by a narrow margin of flat stones for the use of those participating in the exhibitions.”10 The seats were arranged in a semi-circle to get an unobstructed view of the stage. There was also a table set to the side to perform their sacrifice to the gods. In later years, Romans built their stage, but this time, it had walls around it, with no roof. The orchestra became smaller, the sacrificial table was gone and now, more spectators could watch these dramas. Romans were also known for creating mime plays. This took place later on, during the Christian era. Townspeople would watch gladiator games in their arena and then go see a play. “Just as the ancient theatre, originally designed for joyous display through the religious enthusiasm of a devout people, and later assuming a more secular aspect that necessitated corresponding changes in architecture, so, too, has the theatre of a later civilization continued to advance with like physical changes to accommodate its new uses. It is not necessary to trace the history of the theatre through its various vicissitudes to the period of the housed-in theatre of mediaeval Europe, and thence onward, to demonstrate that the seating arrangement of an almost prehistoric generation dictated the ultimate conformation of the classic hemicycle now in
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