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    • Outline of theatre

    • The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to theatre: Theatre (also theater) – branch of the performing arts and a collaborative form of fine art involving live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event (such as a story) through acting before a live audience in a ... Read »


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    • Play (theatre)

    • A play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading. Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, to Community theatre, as well as University or school produc ... Read »


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    • Theatre

    • Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture ... Read »


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    • Aldwych farce

    • The Aldwych farces were a series of twelve stage farces presented at the Aldwych Theatre, London, nearly continuously from 1923 to 1933. All but three of them were written by Ben Travers. They incorporate and develop British low comedy styles, combined with clever word-play. The plays were presented by the actor-manage ... Read »


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    • Applied Drama

    • Applied Drama, also known as Applied Theatre, Interactive Theatre or Applied Drama and Theatre (ADT) is an umbrella term for the use of drama practice in an educational, community or therapeutic context. It is often done in non-theatrical spaces, with participants who do not consider themselves to be artists. There ar ... Read »


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    • Atmospheric theatre

    • An atmospheric theatre is a type of movie palace that was popular in the 1920s in America. "Rather than seating the theatre patrons in a boxlike, formal setting as passive observers of stage entertainment, the atmospheric design transported them to an exotic European courtyard or garden. A plain cerulean sky replaced t ... Read »


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    • Audience

    • An audience is a group of people who participate in a show or encounter a work of art, literature (in which they are called "readers"), theatre, music (in which they are called "listeners"), video games (in which they are called "players"), or academics in any medium. Audience members participate in different ways in d ... Read »


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    • Audition

    • An audition is a sample performance by an actor, singer, musician, dancer or other performer. It typically involves the performer displaying their talent through a previously memorized and rehearsed solo piece or by performing a work or piece given to the performer at the audition or shortly before. In some cases, such ... Read »


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    • Balinese theatre

    • Balinese theatre and dramas include Janger dance, pendet dance performances and masked performances of Topèng. Performances are also part of funeral rituals involving a procession, war dance, and other rituals before the cremation of the patulangan. Balinese use the word sesolahan for both theatre and dance. Javan ... Read »


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    • Break a leg

    • "Break a leg" is an idiom in theatre used to wish a performer "good luck" in an ironic way. Well-wishers typically say "Break a leg" to actors and musicians before they go on stage to perform. The origin of the phrase remains obscure. The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person "good lu ... Read »


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    • Casting (performing arts)

    • In the performing arts industry, a casting (or casting call) is a pre-production process for selecting a certain type of actor, singer or dancer for a particular role or part in a script involving a dramatic production meant for an audience. The casting process involves a series of auditions before a casting panel ... Read »


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    • Cinematic theatre

    • Cinematic Theatre can be briefly described as a fusion of live performance and the magic of the big screen. By utilising the best dramatic devices that each art form has to covey a story and entertain an audience; the possibilities to create interesting narratives and stage dynamics through the synergy of stage and cin ... Read »


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    • Classical acting

    • Classical acting is a type of acting that is based on the theories and systems of select classical actors including Constantin Stanislavski and Michel Saint-Denis, including the expression of the body, voice, imagination, personalizing, improvisation, external stimuli, and script analysis. The origin of classical ... Read »


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    • Classical unities

    • The classical unities, Aristotelian unities, or three unities are rules for drama derived from a passage in Aristotle's Poetics. In their neoclassical form they are as follows: Aristotle dealt with the unity of action in some detail, under the general subject of "definition of tragedy", where he wrote: Now, accor ... Read »


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    • Closet drama

    • A closet drama is a play that is not intended to be performed onstage, but read by a solitary reader or, sometimes, out loud in a small group. The dichotomy between private 'closet' drama (designed for reading) and public 'stage' drama (designed for performance in a commercial theater setting) dates from the late eight ... Read »


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    • Combination company

    • A combination company was a theatrical touring company which performed only one play. Unlike repertory companies, which performed multiple plays in rotation, combination companies used more elaborate and specialized scenery in their productions. Repertory theatre had been popular in the United States through the 19th c ... Read »


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    • Cornelian dilemma

    • A Cornelian dilemma (dilemme cornélien) (also spelt in translation with two "l"'s i.e. "Corneillian") is a dilemma in which someone is obliged to choose between two courses of action either of which will have a detrimental effect on themselves or on someone near to them. In classical drama, this will typically invol ... Read »


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    • Cyberformance

    • Cyberformance refers to live theatrical performances in which remote participants are enabled to work together in real time through the medium of the internet, employing technologies such as chat applications or purpose-built, multiuser, real-time collaborative software (for example, UpStage, Visitors Studio, the Water ... Read »


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    • Dialect coach

    • A dialect coach is an acting coach and teacher who helps an actor design the voice and speech of a character in the context of an on-camera (film, television or commercial), stage (theatre, musical theatre, opera, etc.), radio or animation voiceover production. The dialect coach often does original research on dialects ... Read »


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    • Didascaly

    • Didascaly, Greek Antiquity [modern ad. Greek διδασκαλία instruction, teaching; in plural as in quotation. So modern French didascalie.] ... Read »


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    • Digital performance

    • Digital Performance is a very wide category filled with a range of productions, it is a generic performance but with an extra element of incorporating and integrating computer technologies and techniques into the production. You can incorporate multimedia into any type of performance whether it is live on a theatre sta ... Read »


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    • Digital theatre

    • Strictly, digital theatre is a hybrid art form, gaining strength from theatre’s ability to facilitate the imagination and create human connections and digital technology’s ability to extend the reach of communication and visualization. (However, the phrase is also used in a more generic sense by companies suc ... Read »


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    • Drama therapy

    • Drama therapy (written dramatherapy in the UK) is the use of theatre techniques to facilitate personal growth and promote mental health. Dramatherapy is used in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health centers, prisons, and businesses. Drama therapy, as a form of 'expressive therapy' (als ... Read »


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    • Dramaturgy

    • Dramaturgy is the study of dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage. The word dramaturgy was coined by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in his influential work Hamburg Dramaturgy, written when he was employed by the Hamburg National Theatre as the world's first dramaturge. Dramatur ... Read »


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    • Antonio Fava

    • Antonio Fava (born May 28, 1949) is an actor, comedian, author, director, musician, mask maker and Internationally renowned Maestro of Commedia dell'arte who lives in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Born in Scandale, a small village in the province of Crotone, Italy. He moved permanently to Reggio Emilia. Where he holds his ann ... Read »


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    • Flash drama

    • Flash drama is a type of theatrical play that does not exceed ten minutes in duration, hence the name. Groups of four to six flash drama plays are popular with school, university and community drama companies since they offer a wide variety of roles and situations in a single performance. There are no set rules for fl ... Read »


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    • The gods (theatrical)

    • The gods (UK English), or sometimes paradise, is a theatrical term, referring to the highest areas of a theatre such as the upper balconies. These are generally the cheapest seats. One reason for naming the cheapest seats "the gods" is because the theatres have beautifully painted ceilings, often mythological themes, s ... Read »


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    • Grammelot

    • Grammelot (or gromalot) is a style of language used in satirical theatre, a gibberish with macaronic and onomatopoeic elements, used in association with mime and mimicry. The satirical use of such a format may date back to the 16th century commedia dell'arte; the group of cognate terms appears to belong to the 20th cen ... Read »


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    • Hip-hop theater

    • Hip-hop theater is a form of theater that presents contemporary stories through the use of one or more of the four elements of hip-hop culture—b-boying, graffiti writing, MCing (rapping), and DJing. Other cultural markers of hip-hop such as spoken word, beatboxing, and hip-hop dance can be included as well althoug ... Read »


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    • Hiragasy

    • The hiragasy (hira: song; gasy: Malagasy) is a musical tradition in Madagascar and particularly among the Merina ethnic group of the Highland regions around the capital of Antananarivo. The hiragasy is a day-long spectacle of music, dance, and kabary oratory performed by a troupe (typically related by blood or marriage ... Read »


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    • Improvisation

    • Improvisation is broad term referring to the process of devising an atypical method of solving a problem due to lack of time or resources. In a technical context, this can mean adapting a device for some use other than that which it was designed for, or building a device from unusual components in an ad-hoc fashion. Im ... Read »


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    • In bocca al lupo

    • "In bocca al lupo" (Italian pronunciation: [im ˈbokka al ˈluːpo], "into the mouth of the wolf") is an Italian idiom used in opera and theatre to wish a performer good luck prior to a performance. The standard response is "crepi il lupo!" or, more commonly, simply "crepi!" (Italian: [ˈkreːpi il ˈ ... Read »


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    • Law of reentry

    • The law of reentry is a traditional rule in theatre that a character who leaves in one scene should not immediately appear in the next scene. Writer Bill Bryson describes it as "almost the only 'rule' in London theatre that was still faithfully followed" in the time of Shakespeare, though Shakespeare himself sometimes ... Read »


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    • Live event support

    • Live performance events including theater, music, dance, opera, use production equipment and services such as staging, scenery, mechanicals, sound, lighting, video, special effects, transport, packaging, communications, costume and makeup to convince live audience members that there is no better place that they could b ... Read »


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    • Method acting

    • Method acting refers to a range of training and rehearsal techniques that seek to encourage sincere and emotionally expressive performances, as formulated by a number of different theatre practitioners, principally in the United States, where it is among the most popular—and controversial—approaches to acting ... Read »


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    • Monolayic theatre

    • Monolayic theatre refers to a play that is a monologue, meaning it is by one character, but what is typically done is that a director will use several characters to portray the emotions and actions of the person telling the monologue. An example of this is Pool, No Water by Mark Ravenhill. Monolayic script is a piece ... Read »


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    • Multilingual titling

    • The term multilingual titling defines, in the field of titling for the performing arts (musical theatre, drama, audiovisual productions), the chance for the audience to follow more than one linguistic option. In the audiovisual field, multilingual titling was made possible by the introduction of DVD (1996) in whi ... Read »


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    • Multimedia translation

    • Multimedia translation, also sometimes referred to as Audiovisual translation, is a specialized branch of translation which deals with the transfer of multimodal and multimedial texts into another language and/or culture. and which implies the use of a multimedia electronic system in the translation or in the transmiss ... Read »


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    • Museum theatre

    • Museum theatre is the use of theatre and theatrical techniques by a museum for educational, informative, and entertainment purposes. It can also be used in a zoo, an aquarium, an art gallery, and at historic sites. It is generally performed by professional actors. Varieties of museum theatre include historical characte ... Read »


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    • Naturalism (theatre)

    • Naturalism is a movement in European drama and theatre that developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It refers to theatre that attempts to create an illusion of reality through a range of dramatic and theatrical strategies. Interest in naturalism especially flourished with the French playwrights of the time ... Read »


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    • Old Hats

    • Old Hats is a 2013 comedy sketch, revue, musical and clown show written and performed by David Shiner and Bill Irwin, the show debuted in New York City. Musician Nellie McKay also performed in the 2013 show. Musician Nellie McKay also performed in the original 2013 show. The original 2013 Off-Broadway was a combinatio ... Read »


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    • One-person show

    • A one-person show (one-man show or one-woman show) is a solo performance, featuring a comedian or actor who stands on stage and entertains an audience. While a one-person show may be the musings of a comedian on a theme, the form can accommodate a wider scope. In the preface of the book Extreme Exposure, editor Jo Bon ... Read »


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    • Opera

    • Opera (Italian: [ˈɔːpera]; English plural: operas; Italian plural: opere [ˈɔːpere]) is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. In traditional opera, singers do two types of singing: recitative, ... Read »


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    • Opera glasses

    • Opera glasses, also known as theater binoculars or Galilean binoculars, are compact, low-power optical magnification devices, usually used at performance events, whose name is derived from traditional use at opera performances. Magnification power below 5× is usually desired in these circumstances in order to minimi ... Read »


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    • Opsis

    • Opsis (Ancient Greek: ὄψις) is the Greek word for spectacle in the theatre and performance. Its first use has been traced back to Aristotle's Poetics. It is now taken up by theatre critics, historians, and theorists to describe the mise en scène of a performance or theatrical event. Opsis comes ... Read »


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    • Peanut gallery

    • A peanut gallery was, in the days of vaudeville, a nickname for the cheapest (and ostensibly rowdiest) seats in the theater, the occupants of which were often known to heckle. The least expensive snack served at the theatre would often be peanuts, which the patrons would sometimes throw at the performers on stage to c ... Read »


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    • Performance art

    • Performance art is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via ... Read »


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    • Phonetic pillow

    • Phonetic pillows are pillows made in the various shapes of the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). They are used in the teaching of phonetics and speech, primarily in theatre departments in higher education. Dozens of theatre programs have used Phonetic Pillows, including Boston University, North Caro ... Read »


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    • Premiere

    • A premiere or première is the (first public presentation) of a play, film, dance, or musical composition. A work will often have many premières: a world première (the first time it is shown anywhere in the world) and its first presentation in each country. When a work originates in a country that speaks a di ... Read »


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    • Puppet

    • A puppet is an object, often resembling a human, animal or mythical figure, that is animated or manipulated by a person called a puppeteer. The puppeteer uses movements of her hands, arms, or control devices such as rods or strings to move the body, head, limbs, and in some cases the mouth and eyes of the puppet. The p ... Read »


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    • Puppeteer

    • A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object that might be shaped like a human, animal or mythical creature, or quite easily might be any kind of object to create the illusion that the puppet is "alive." The puppeteer may be visible to or hidden from the audience. A puppeteer can operate a puppet indirec ... Read »


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    • Puppetry

    • Puppetry

      Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets—inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure, that are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer. Such a performance is also known as a puppet play. The puppeteer uses movements of her hand ... Read »


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    • Rehearsal

    • A rehearsal is an activity in the performing arts that occurs as preparation for a performance in music, theatre, dance and related arts, such as opera, musical theatre and film production. It is undertaken as a form of practising, to ensure that all details of the subsequent performance are adequately prepared and coo ... Read »


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    • Repertoire

    • A repertoire (/ˈrɛpərˌtwɑːr/) is a list or set of dramas, operas, musical compositions or roles which a company or person is prepared to perform. Musicians often have a musical repertoire. The first known use of the word "repertoire" was in 1847. It is a loan word from the French language, as "répe ... Read »


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    • Repertory theatre

    • A repertory theatre (also called repertory, rep or stock) can be a Western theatre or opera production in which a resident company presents works from a specified repertoire, usually in alternation or rotation. In the British system, however, it used to be that even quite small towns would support a rep and the residen ... Read »


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    • Satire

    • Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greate ... Read »


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    • Script breakdown

    • A script breakdown is an intermediate step in the production of a play, film, comic book, or any other work that is originally planned using a script. In film and television, a script breakdown is: a) an analysis of a screenplay in which all of the production elements are reduced to lists in order to schedule and budg ... Read »


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    • Showmanship (performing)

    • Showmanship, concerning artistic performing such as in Theatre, is the skill of performing in such a manner that will appeal to an audience or aid in conveying the performance's essential theme or message. For instance, the Canadian stage magician Doug Henning used many classic illusions in his magic show. However, he ... Read »


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    • Spectacle

    • In general, spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates. Derived in Middle English from c. 1340 as "specially prepared or arranged display" it was borrowed from Old French spectacle, itself a reflection of the Latin spectaculum "a show" from spectare "to view, watch" frequentative form ... Read »


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    • Stage management

    • Stage management is the practice of organizing and coordinating a theatrical production. It encompasses a variety of activities, including organizing the production and coordinating communications between various personnel (e.g., between director and backstage crew, or actors and production management). Stage managemen ... Read »


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    • Street performance

    • Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiqui ... Read »


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    • Supporting character

    • A supporting character is a character in a narrative that is not focused on by the primary storyline, but appears or is mentioned in the story enough to be more than just a minor character or a cameo appearance. Sometimes, supporting characters may develop a complex back-story of their own, but this is usually in relat ... Read »


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    • Sylvan theater

    • A sylvan theater—sometimes called a greenery theater (French: théâtre de verdure) (also spelt theatre, see spelling differences)—is a type of outdoor theater situated in a wooded (sylvan) setting. Often adorned with classical motifs (columns, statues), a sylvan theater may substitute a simple green lawn ... Read »


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    • Theatre for development

    • Theatre for Development (TfD) means live performance, or theater used as a development tool—as in international development. TfD encompasses the following in-person activities, with people before an audience: Theater for development can also be defined as a progression from less interactive theatre forms to a mor ... Read »


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    • Theatre for Early Years

    • Theatre for Early Years or TEY is a blanket term for theatrical events designed for audiences of pre-school children (aged under five or six years of age). TEY is considered to be a sub-category of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). TEY is known in the USA as Theatre for the Very Young, or TVY. It has been defined as ... Read »


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    • Theatre games

    • The theatre games tradition is a method of training actors that was developed in the 20th century by practitioners such as Joan Littlewood, Viola Spolin, Paul Sills, Clive Barker, Keith Johnstone, Jerzy Grotowski and Augusto Boal. Theatre games are also commonly used as warm-up exercises for actors before a rehearsal o ... Read »


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    • Theatre in the round

    • Theatre-in-the-round or arena theatre (also referred as central staging) is any theatre space in which the audience surrounds the stage area. The Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre in Seattle, Washington was the first theatre-in-the-round venue built in the United States. It first opened on May 16, 1940 with a production ... Read »


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    • Theatre pedagogy

    • Theatre pedagogy (German: Theaterpädagogik) is an independent discipline combining both theatre and pedagogy. As a field that arose during the 20th century, theatre pedagogy has developed separately from drama education, the distinction being that the drama teacher typically teaches method, theory and/or practice of ... Read »


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    • Theatre technique

    • Theatre techniques are procedures that facilitate a successful presentation of a play. They also include any practices that advance and enhance the understanding the audience brings to the action and the acting by the cast on stage. Theatre technique is part of the playwright's creative writing of drama, as a kind ... Read »


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    • Theatrical adaptation

    • In a theatrical adaptation, material from another artistic medium, such as a novel or a film is re-written according to the needs and requirements of the theatre and turned into a play or musical. Directors must make artistic decisions about what to include and exclude from the source material. The original medium ... Read »


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    • Theatrical blood

    • Theatrical blood or stage blood is anything used as a substitute for blood in a theatrical or cinematic performance. For example, in the special effects industry, when a director needs to simulate an actor being shot or cut, a wide variety of chemicals and natural products can be used. The most common is red food color ... Read »


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    • Theatrical constraints

    • Theatrical constraints are various rules, either of taste or of law, that govern the production, staging, and content of stage plays in the theater. Whether imposed externally, by virtue of monopoly franchises or censorship laws, or whether imposed voluntarily by actors, directors, or producers, these restraints have t ... Read »


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    • Theatrical makeup

    • Theatrical makeup is makeup that is used to assist in creating the appearance of the characters that actors portray during a theater production. In Greek and Roman theatre, makeup was unnecessary. Actors wore various masks, allowing them to portray another gender, age, or entirely different likeness.Thespis, consi ... Read »


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    • Theatrical production

    • A theatrical production is any work of theatre, such as a staged play, musical, comedy or drama produced from a written book or script. These works are protected by common law or statuary copyright unless in the public domain. These productions generally feature actors, costumes and sets. The history of the theatrical ... Read »


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    • Theatrical superstitions

    • Theatrical superstitions are superstitions particular to actors or the theatre. William Shakespeare's play Macbeth is said to be cursed, so actors avoid saying its name when in the theatre (the euphemism "The Scottish Play" is used instead). Actors also avoid even quoting the lines from Macbeth before performances ... Read »


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    • Titling

    • The word Titling, in the performing arts (opera, drama, audiovisual productions), defines the work of linguistic mediation encompassing subtitling and surtitling. Subtitling developed starting from 1917, during the silent film era, whereas surtitling has been used in the live performing arts since 1983 (at the daw ... Read »


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    • Toi toi toi

    • "Toi toi toi" (English pronunciation: /ˈtɔɪ ˈtɔɪ ˈtɔɪ/) is an idiom used in opera, and to a lesser extent in theatre, to wish a performer good luck prior to a performance. It is equivalent to the actor's idiom "Break a leg". The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a ... Read »


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    • Toy theater

    • Toy theater, also called paper theater and model theater (also spelt theatre, see spelling differences), is a form of miniature theater dating back to the early 19th century in Europe. Toy theaters were often printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudevil ... Read »


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    • UpStage

    • UpStage is an open source server-side application that has been purpose built for Cyberformance: multiple artists collaborate in real time via the UpStage platform to create and present live theatrical performances, for audiences who can be online (from anywhere in the world) or in a shared space, and who can interact ... Read »


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    • Vignette (literature)

    • In a novel, theatrical script, screenplay, sketch stories, and poetry, a vignette is a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or character and gives a trenchant impression about that character, an idea, setting, and/or object. It's a short, descriptive passage that's more about evoking meaning through i ... Read »


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    • Whitehall farce

    • The Whitehall farces were a series of five long-running comic stage plays at the Whitehall Theatre in London, presented by the actor-manager Brian Rix, in the 1950s and 1960s. They were in the low comedy tradition of British farce, following the Aldwych farces, which played at the Aldwych Theatre between 1924 and 1933. ... Read »


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    • Workshop production

    • A workshop production is a form of theatrical performance, in which a play or musical is staged in a modest form which does not include some aspects of a full production. For example, costumes, sets and musical accompaniment may be excluded, or may be included in a simpler form. One common purpose of a workshop produc ... Read »


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