A brief History of Theatre

A brief History of Theatre

Theatre continued to find its place in our history; the plays also finding a fringe element even then to proclaim about perceived and real injustices and to introduce new ideas and values. Roman theatre continued development of the plays and actors and a growing awareness of the audience. Lavish productions and amphitheaters where built where ever the Romans settled and certainly they brought them to Britannica.

Cicero, a great Roman Orator, philosopher and statement in the latter years of the Roman Empire, well knew the value of words to his audience. A compatriot of his was the famous Roman actor, Quintus Roscius Gallus, a comedy actor who also played in the popular tragedies. Roscius well knew the value of the use of gestures to involve, excite and amuse his audience. It is said he and Cicero competed to see who could best express the same thought, either by use of word of movement. The beginnings of our trade, combinations of words, actions and gestures to convey a meaning or feeling that will entice and involve our audiences.

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A Brief History Of The Theatre

A Brief History Of The Theatre

Now there are numerous avenues to peruse on the internet about the history of arts and culture, but I thought her I would give a brief overview of the decades of the art. For those of you who want more I found a visit, well a number actually, to the Victoria and Albert Museum an absolute delight. The information is so well presented and informative. They also run courses one of them Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre; 4,000 years of theatre in 2 days. Wonderful!
Knowing something about the history of theatre and drama helps you understand something of the context of a play before you watch it. The origins of the history of drama is unknown, suspected that primitive tribes would re enact they days hunting or an event they saw for the education and amusement of the tribe. What follows still remains true today, shamans and tribal leaders saw the value of this and possible turned them into rituals, which continues to develop as did early man. We certainly know they had art so not so far removed to say they had a form of theatre.

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