Foundation of Greek Theatre

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Foundation of Greek Theatre

Nick: The architecture of the ancient greek theatre consists of three major parts: the Orchestra, the Skene and the main theatre, called Koilon or Theatron. The orchestra is a circular piece in the middle of the theater in which the the acting and the action took place. The skene, also known as the scene, known now a days as the stage was located in front of the orchestra and was where the actors would change and enter the Orchestra. The skene was a two story build where all the props and costumes were stored and it also was where the actors would go during a break. Later in time the front of the skene, also known as the proskenion, was used for acting as well. The theatron, also known as the koilon, was the auditorium where the spectators sat. The theatron was at the back of the theater and had a top and bottom level. All in all the architecture of greek theaters were beautiful and still influence present day theaters. As said by encyclopedia britannica " Nearly all modern theatre design can be traced back to the theatrical traditions established by the Greek-speaking peoples of the Mediterranean starting in the 6th century bce."

Foundations of Greek Theatre

Emilio: The make up or structure of Greek theatre consists of tragic plays, comedic plays, and honoring of the gods in a play. Although originally Greek theatre was a part of festivals in honor of the gods. An example of one of these festivals is one called "City Dionisia" which honored the greek god Dionysus. The actors, dramatists, and directors were all the same people. Non-speaking roles were not as common. Also an orchestra was involved in plays to create mood. There is still some that we dont know about Greek theatre make up, but according to "University Press inc.", "Aristotle's Poetics contain the earliest known theory about the origins of Greek theatre".

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Joanthony:In Greek theatre there were many rules that had to be followed. All actors had to be males. Only three actors were alowed to have speaking roles, there voices had to be matured so it could be heard across the arena. If you were an actor in training you played a non-speaking role. Women were not allowed to act, some were not even allowed in the arena. Violence was not allowed on stage, so actors would have dead bodies placed on stage to portray a death. "You need three things in the theatre - the play, the actors and the audiance, - and each must give something."- Kenneth Haigh

Chloe Stuart:In Greek Theatre,there are three types of plays, each are equally important to the make up of greek theatre. The first one is called a Tragedy, which according to Aristotle is "an imitation not of men but of a life, and an action" Tragedy is ment to portray something powerful to make the auidience really feel. The second play is called a Comedy, which was derived from and imitation. Aristophanes wrote most of the comdiec plays, and his originals were mainly satirical and mocked men in power. The third and final play is called a satyr or a satiric. This was the play that usually followed several tragradies for comic relief. However, as comdies beganto grow, the need for a satyr became less less and less. All three plays were extremely important to the foundations of Greek Theatre.


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