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Play (theatre)

A play is a work of drama, usually consisting mostly of dialogue between characters and intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading. The writer of a play is a playwright. Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from Londons West End and Broadway in New York – which are the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world – to regional theatre, to community theatre, as well as university or school productions. There rare dramatists, notably George Bernard Shaw, who have had little preference as to whether their plays were performed or read. The term "pl ...

Act (drama)

An act is a division or unit of a theatre work, including a play, film, opera, and musical theatre. The term can either refer to a conscious division placed within a work by a playwright or a unit of analysis for dividing a dramatic work into sequences. The former use of the term may or may not align with the latter. The word act can also be used for major sections of other entertainment, such as variety shows, television programs, music hall performances, and cabaret.


Antilabe is a rhetorical technique in verse drama or closet drama, in which a single verse line of dialogue is distributed on two or more characters, voices, or entities. The verse usually maintains its metric integrity, while the line fragments spoken by the characters may or may not be complete sentences. In the layout of the text the line fragments following the first one are often indented to show the unity of the verse line. BRUTUS: Peace then. No words. CLITUS: Ill rather kill myself. These are three sentences spoken by two persons. But it is only one single line in blank verse: Peac ...

Applied Drama

Applied Drama is an umbrella term for the use of theatrical practices and creativity that take participants and audience members further than mainstream theatre, that is often times in response to conventional people with real life stories. The work also often happens in non-conventional theatre spaces and social settings e.g. schools, prisons, streets and alternative educational provisions. There are several forms and practices considered to be under the umbrella of Applied Theatre see Fields associated with Applied Drama

Aqua drama

The theatrical genre of aqua drama that was popular in 19th century France, England, and the United States involved flooding the arenas of circuses for recreations of major naval conflicts and similar aquatic events; some venues participated to such a great extent in this once-popular form as to install permanent water-tanks on stage. Water-based spectacles, especially those portraying great naval battles, had been popular in Roman times, when they were known as naumachia, and the custom was resurrected at various times during the Middle Ages.

Augustan drama

Augustan drama can refer to the dramas of Ancient Rome during the reign of Caesar Augustus, but it most commonly refers to the plays of Great Britain in the early 18th century, a subset of 18th-century Augustan literature. King George I referred to himself as "Augustus," and the poets of the era took this reference as apropos, as the literature of Rome during Augustus moved from historical and didactic poetry to the poetry of highly finished and sophisticated epics and satire. In poetry, the early 18th century was an age of satire and public verse, and in prose, it was an age of the develo ...