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History of Greek Theatre - Antigone.

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Introduction

ANTIGONE BY: DAISY OKI HISTORY OF GREEK THEATRE 25 hundred years ago, two thousand years before Shakespeare, western theatre was born in Athens Greece. Between 600 and 200bc the ancient Athenians created a theatre culture whose form, technique and terminology have lasted to millennia and they created plays that are still considered amongst the greate3st works of world drama. By 600bc Greece was divided into two states. The most prominent city state was Athens where at least 150,000 people live. It was there that the rites of Dionysus evolved into what we know today as theatre. Dionysus was cult that arose in northern Greece. Since Greek and Attica theatre are sometimes referred to as attic theatre. Sometime during the next 75yrs thepis of Attica added on an actor who interacted with the chorus. The actor was called the protagonist, from which the modern word protagonist is derived meaning the main character of drama. An important part of Dionysus was dithyrambs which meant chronic hymn. This chant or hymn was probably introduced accompanied by mimic gestures and probably music. It began as part of a purely religious ceremony. MASK/CHOROUS Plays where performed in day time. The annual drama competitions in Athens spread over several entire days. Actors probably wore little or no make up. Instead they carried masks with exaggerated facial expressions. They also wore buskins which were leather boots laced up to the knees. ...read more.

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TEXT ANALYSIS AND REHERSAL PROCESS Our first ideas about the play within in the group was to have a God father type theme and Creon the king would be the God father which would be relative to the part of the king i.e. being sovereign which the God father was, a king is the head of his kingdom and the God father was the leader of the Corleoni family and the Mafia. After much research we scraped the idea because we couldn't do the accents. 4th November - after reading the text through as a group we tried to get into the feel of the characters. We decided to split up into mini groups in order to start actually acting and getting into the swing of things. This was a very slow process and almost seemed like a drag. I rehearsed my scene with Antigone first. The opening speech by my character was very long and I think I might have a problem remembering it. I think I might actually cut the dialogue. I also thin quite frankly that the structure of the text is quite odd especially the chorus it is hard to get a general idea of what the chorus is saying. 11th November - Have been reading the text trying to learn my lines, I have recorded all of the play on tape I got my family members to play all the different parts and I hoping this will help me with learning my lines. ...read more.

Conclusion

Today both groups had to show jo what we,ve done so far but as in real performance conditions. Well we had a couple of group members missing and we barely knew our lines which wasn't good enough. She was less than impressed and told us all off. After the lesson we decided that in ordeder to get our work up to scratch w were going to have to get together for extra rehearsals out the lesson time. Well compared to the other group it seemed like we had been wasting our time as they had all their lines memorised and their performance was excellent compared to ours. FINAL PERFORMANCE Well our final performance today weren't pretty well, we all knew all our lines and the acting was good. I was a bit nervous about it but once I did my first scene I was fine and more confident. The chorus didn't go as well as it could have but it was ok on the whole. As for the other performers in the group they were all on top form everyone knew their lines and it went smoothly. While watching the other group performed their piece I noted a few things like the creon in the other group was very monotonic through out and I made a note to my self to make sure I don't have the same tone of voice for every scenario as some scene were rather low key while the others which were more confrontational would have been a bit more aggressively toned. ...read more.

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