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Greek Theatre - History of Drama.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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