• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Greek Theatre - History of Drama.

Extracts from this document...


Greek Theatre History of Drama In early ages, people used to communicate without using words. They also performed some sort of ritualistic communication to protect themselves from animals. Then gradually they started to put language in and started to do some sort of performances for their own amusement. This kept on evolving and took the face of the type of performances we see now days. The Greek Theatre originated in 300 BC. The Greek Empire however originated in 600 BC. Greeks were the first who invented the theatre as a place to perform and watch performances. A famous Greek philosopher, named Homer talked about Gods and Legends. He also told some of the very famous stories of that time such as Illiod. ...read more.


The main Greek God was Dionysus. He was the God of Wine, Agriculture and Fertility of Nature. Most of the plays were based around Dionysus himself. The main theme or genre of the performances was tragedy but as time passed comic plays were also performed. Because the plays were done in a very large scale the audience was quite big as well. So to accommodate everyone mountains were carved to make seats. These kinds of theatres were called amphitheatres. The amphitheatres seated about 20,000 people at a time. Due to the open atmosphere and a very large audience it was very difficult for the audience to hear the characters speak clearly. ...read more.


The Chorus resolved one problem but there was another obstacle. People sitting at the back of the audience found it very difficult to recognise the characters and therefore did not fully understand the plays. So to resolve this they decided to use over exaggerated costumes that were very bright and colourful. In Greek theatre comic actors wore different costumes than tragic actors. They exaggerated the natural lumps and bumps of the body by wearing heavy padding. They often covered the padding with thick floppy tights and tunics, which may be meant to represent skin. They wore grotesque masks over their faces so people can recognise the characters from distance easily. Female characters were always played by men dressed up as women. But perhaps the most unusual feature of their costumes was the large leather phallus, which they tied over the top of their tights. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. How different were Greek theatres to modern theatres

    The Dionysus could hold over 14000 people. This is in stark contrast to today where the average theatre holds approximately one thousand people. This could be because there are many more theatres today than in Greek times therefore there is a greater amount of choice and variety.

  2. AS Theatre Studies Portfolio

    To round the piece and anchor it to our initial stimulas of 'A Mid Summer Night's Dream' we produced a prologue and epilogue to introduce and end the piece with conviction. The Prologue gave us the opportunity for a dramatic entrance and a chance to say the 'Lord's Prayer' in its entirety, introducing our theme.

  1. Drama and Theatre studies - practical- coursework

    and being a man everything needs to be changed, I tried watching men in the street just to see how they hold themselves and move when they walk. But because I'm quite slim and small it's hard to move like someone that has broader shoulders and a larger physique.

  2. Drama and Theatre Studies structured records

    We chose to use this format to contrast the tedious nature of the characters work life. This idea initially was influenced by the popular television series 'Ugly Betty' showing clips of traditional Latin American soap opera's or novellas. This genre was particularly useful because of the melodramatic acting techniques used,

  1. The Greek Theatre

    To add to the image of unity and stature, identical masks would have also been worn. Masks were made from materials of the time: wood, feathers, ceramic or material. As the chorus had to have fifteen masks I believe they would have opted for a durable yet easily workable material such as wood with little or no decoration.

  2. What is the function of theatre?

    Theatre contains both visual and audio elements, and is "a shared experience between audience and performers."2 Overall, theatre is a dynamic and vibrant art form, which is constantly changing to include current affairs and new media. A closer look at the mission statements and main objectives provided by local theatres

  1. Theatre of the Oppressed Theorised: Who, How, and What Comprises Forum Theatre's capacity to ...

    The third dynamisation activated muscular structures by mirroring various participants' idiosyncratic, physical responses. Finally, improvisation was recognisable for the entirety of the workshop. The improvisation was at once expressionistic, symbolic and metaphorical. This style is rudimentary to the process of demechanisation and discovery because the outcome is always unknown and non-habitual - an act of consciousness.

  2. 'In what sense, were the costumes and masks appropriate to be used in Greek ...

    The masks actually extended the cast to around fifteen people as masks often were different and could be swapped around to represent different characters. This meant that one actor could actually play up to five unique roles in the whole play and revolutionized the way plays were wrote by the playwrights.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work