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21 Oct

Exposition in a Play

Exposition in a Play This is the most difficult part of the drama from the dramatist’s point of view. He must strike the right note and atmosphere, give the audience necessary background information, introduce his important characters done in a sudden plunge into the story. The atmosphere should be established early in the first Act. The audience should know at the outset whe

21 Oct

The Structure of a Play

The Structure of a Play The structure of a conventional play can be divided into five: Exposition Rising action Climax (turning point) Falling action (Denouement) Conclusion or catastrophe Exposition This is the most difficult part of the drama from the dramatist’s point of view. He must strike the right note and atmosphere, give the audience necessary back

21 Oct

The Effect of Drop Curtain in Elizabethan Theatre

The Effect of Drop Curtain in Elizabethan Theatre The absence of drop-curtain had a marked influence on Shakespeare, dramatic methods. In the absence of such a curtain, there was no way of closing a scene except by taking all the characters off the stage in full view of the audience. When a character was ‘killed’ in the course of the action, the dramatist had to devise a w

21 Oct

Important Features of Elizabethan Stage

Important Features of Elizabethan Stage The earliest English theatre built for dramatic purposes was based on the architecture of inn-yard. We could trace all the features of the Elizabethan theatre to this earliest roofed inn-buildings. The first permanent theatre was built on the outskirts of London in 1576 by James Burbage. It was called ‘The Theatre’. The best known of

21 Oct

The Elizabethan Stage

The Elizabethan Stage The English drama in the beginning was merely an extension of the church service. When the Mysteries and the Moralities evolved, the theatre became highly mobile. They were pageants taken through the streets on wagons. When drama became fully secularized, travelling companies moved round from inn-yard to inn-yard. Important Features of Elizabethan Stage The

21 Oct

Role of Chorus in Greek Tragedy

Role of Chorus in Greek Tragedy The most curious feature of the Greek drama viz chorus was necessitated by the smallness of the stage and the religious nature of the Greek plays. Single combats, battles, murders or bloody events could not be depicted on the stage. They would have produced a ludicrous effect. Hence these had to be invariably related by the chorus. The chorus is a group