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The history of Western TheatreTheatre within human society since the dawn of time has been part of man's community existence
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The history of Western Theatre
Theatre within human society since the dawn of time has been part of man's community existence. Long before the first Stone amphitheatre was erected Men had already produced dramatic presentations concerning the prophesising and worship of their gods. Ancient tribes performed "Rain dances" and story told surrounded by their audience, this is thought to be the inspiration behind theatre in the round. However theatre as it would be recognised today, began in Greece between 400 and 500BC
In ancient Greece, theatre was a place of social gathering and entertainment. The Audience would be divided according to social status; the most powerful and rich members would sit in the God's (elaborately decorated seats placed above the ground) whereas the lower class members would be sat closer to the front. The amphitheatre's themselves were situated on hillsides so that the mise-en-scene would be that of the heavens. Greeks used masks in order to represent their characters, however they also used high-soled shoes in order to give the character a taller stature. Of course the use of masks and platforms reduced the movement of the actors in-fact the "actors" were not originally an aspect of Grecian
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