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´╗┐Nalin dissanayake Greek theatre: In our first lesson we learned about the three famous Greek playwrights, Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus, and the first ever theatres called ?amphitheatre?s?. Greek theatre began by honouring the god Dionysus; people would perform and sing songs in tribute, however the plays were only presented at the City Dionysia festival. Early Greek plays permitted three people on stage at one time, however later a few non-speaking roles were allowed to perform on stage. We learned that the ?chorus? would play a very active role in Greek theatre as some of the audience in the amphitheatre wouldn?t have been able to clearly to see what was happening on stage, so the chorus made sure people could understand what was happening, they were the modern day equivalent to amplifiers. ...read more.

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The ancient Greeks were very clever with the design of the amphitheatre as they worked out how sound waves travel, and designed the amphitheatre based on that, which maximises the sound and volume of the actor?s voice, so he didn?t have to shout so the back can hear him. We were given research homework to research about the three famous Greek playwrights, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus. Sophocles was a great tragedian, only seven of his ninety plays survived. Euripides was also a great tragedian who influenced modern drama and Aeschylus was the father of tragedies. ...read more.

Conclusion

When it came to performing our play, I felt that as a group we communicated well, and timed and remembered things and didn?t forget lines or ques. I had the role of being the narrator and Dionysus, but I was narrating as if I was Dionysus, we did this so the audience was entertained with narrating and still knew what was happening. Overall in the actual performance I found that I was good at communicating and movement, but I need to work on my vocal skills as I sounded like I use my usual voice and didn?t really portray Dionysus as a drunk character as he was the god of celebration and wine. ...read more.

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