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acting

acting  

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In the twentieth century the process of acting underwent more thorough analysis and experimentation than at any other time in the history of Western theatre. Previously, written reflections on the ...
agitprop

agitprop  

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Formed from the title of the Department of Agitation and Propaganda founded in 1920 in Soviet Russia, Agit-prop was intended to control the ideological thinking of the masses. Agit-prop trains toured ...
amateur theatre

amateur theatre  

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In Britain amateur theatre reached its height in the 19th century, when many of the best-known amateur societies were founded, among them the Old Stagers, who have given performances closely ...
Amsterdam

Amsterdam  

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City in the county of Holland. A small town that only developed into a real city during the 13th and 14th centuries from a Frisian peat settlement. Gradually, a port ...
anti-theatrical polemic

anti-theatrical polemic  

In the Western tradition, moral or religious objections to the theatre have been raised during most of the periods in which it has enjoyed prosperity and influence and during many ...
audience control

audience control  

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Throughout the history of the theatre, practitioners have attempted a variety of physical, psychological, and policing strategies to influence, direct, and regulate the audience's experience of ...
auto sacramental

auto sacramental  

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Spanish term for the religious play in the vernacular which derived from the Latin liturgical drama. Although its development followed in general that of the mystery play, it had by ...
biblical plays

biblical plays  

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Plays that dramatize portions of the scriptures, sometimes embellished with material from the Apocrypha, sacred legend, or historical writings such as those of Josephus, were the dominant form of ...
booth stage

booth stage  

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A temporary stage, outdoors, sized for the space allocated to a vendor in a market-place or fair. Generally it is a simple trestle stage with a rear curtain to mask ...
Bratislava

Bratislava  

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Capital city of the Slovak Republic and centre of its theatre life. There is ample evidence that secular medieval theatre and liturgical plays were performed from the thirteenth to the ...
Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana  

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(Songs of Beuren, profane songs). Scenic cantata by Carl Orff, with optional mimed action, in 25 movts. for sop., ten., and bar. soloists, boys' choir, ch., and orch. (14 movts. for ch.). Lat. ...
censorship

censorship  

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1. Any regime or context in which the content of what is publically expressed, exhibited, published, broadcast, or otherwise distributed is regulated or in which the circulation of information is ...
character

character  

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In narrative generally, a character is a person depicted within a story, either through description or direct speech; in drama the term usually refers only to persons portrayed by actors. ...
civic festivals

civic festivals  

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Performances that represent a particular place (usually a city), often a particular date (the annual City Dionysia in Athens, Independence Day in the United States, or the 750th anniversary of ...
closet drama

closet drama  

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A play – often in verse – written to be read rather than performed, such as The Dynasts (1904–8) by Thomas Hardy (which later was adapted for performance by Granville ...
collectives and collective creation

collectives and collective creation  

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Organizational structure for theatre companies and creative process for devising, both emphasizing group dynamics with a non-hierarchical structure. Theatre is at its roots a community and collective ...
comedy

comedy  

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Professional entertainment consisting of jokes and satirical sketches, intended to make an audience laugh. Recorded from late Middle English (as a genre of drama, also denoting a narrative poem with ...
companies, playing

companies, playing  

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Before the emergence of the professional theatre industry in the second half of the 16th century, companies of travelling players made their livings from performances throughout the kingdom. The ...
Confrérie de la Passion

Confrérie de la Passion  

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A religious and philanthropic fraternity of Parisian merchants and artisans which in 1402 was granted a monopoly on the production of religious drama. In 1548, its licence to perform mystères ...
Congé

Congé  

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Medieval lyric poem of farewell. Two distinct types exist: 1) the congé d'amour (troubadour comjat) expressing farewell to love in general or to an unforthcoming lady in particular without going ...

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