Theatre Essay Topics

Theatre HL Theatre Arts Research Investigation

Research Question: Which methods could a theatre company use while performing Jean Anouilh’s ‘Antigone’, keeping true to and supporting the style of the Theatre of the Absurd? Theatre of the Absurd is a term that was coined by Hungarian-born theatre critic Martin Esslin, who made it the title of his 1962 book on the subject…. View Article

Theatre – HL “Habit” – David Mamet Wordcount

In this excerpt of his book “True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor” David Mamet is discussing the importance of habitual behavior in relation to success in theatre and our daily lives. In my opinion, he does this in a very mechanical kind of way, matching certain places (e.g. “rehearsal”, “home” and… View Article

Augusto Boal and Jacques LeCoq

Augusto Boal and Jacques LeCoq have both had significant impact on theatre, and their philosophies and practical training have allowed their actors to be well-equipped for production. The philosophy of Boal, that anyone can act, and using theatre as a tool of political activism, and the philosophy of LeCoq, on bringing back the emphasis on… View Article

Theatre review

The lighting for most of the play was moderately bright with foot lights lighting the stage, and several overhead lights as well. The exception was Petruchio’s house, which was quite dim to show how different it was from what Kate was used to, and showing how miserable she was. Most scenes were broadly lit instead… View Article

Arthur Miller ‘Good’ Theatre

A View from the Bridge is a post war play centred on longshoreman Eddie Carbonne. Eddie lives with wife Beatrice, and niece Catherine. The play depicts the conflict that occurs when, Italian immigrants and relatives of Beatrice, Marco and Rudolpho, come to stay with them and Rudolpho forms a romantic relationship with Catherine, eventually marrying… View Article

Act 4 of the crucible is dynamic theatre

The Crucible provides us with what can only be described as masterpiece of dramatic writing. Written by Arthur Miller in 1952, the most powerful scenes in “The Crucible” have several common characteristics; very effective use of stage directions, long build-ups of suspense that come crashing down in thundering climaxes, intense displays of emotion and an… View Article

Theatre Model

Theatre Royale is a theatre in the suburbs of London. A show is performed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays nights and on the other days the theatre is closed although on some days I go in to check the email and the post to see if anyone has inquiries. The problem is that far too… View Article

A live theatrical production

On the 12th November at the Phoenix theatre I went to watch ‘Blood Brothers’. The playwright is Willy Russell. Blood brothers is about two brothers who get separated at birth. One goes to a high class family the other goes to a middle class family. They both die simultaneously. The themes that are explored and… View Article

Educational Theatre

We have been trying to put these issues into different types of drama and trying to put across all the different sides to these issues. For example rape: Is one rapist, worse than another? In this essay I am going to be explaining what we did to put these issues across in a form of… View Article

Theatre Evaluation of The Woman In Black

On December 11th 2001 we went to go and see a production of Woman In Black at the Lowry Centre in Salford, Manchester. The play was a thriller based on a story of man that he had to explain, and needed to tell some one about his experience. This man went to a theatre and… View Article

Theatre in the age of Shakespeare

Theatre was a very different business in the 16th and 17th century. London, the home of The Globe theatre was possibly the central hub of theatre in England at the time. The Lord Mayors hated plays because they took apprentices and workmen away from their jobs. Plays had to be performed in the daytime in… View Article

Political Theatre

Modernism came about due to a change in international thinking, with the likes of Darwin’s evolution theory and the publication of Karl Marx’s ‘ The Communist Manifesto’ (1848). People wanted a clean break with tradition, presented through the arts as Romanticism and realism. Consequently, Modernism – an artistic experiment and immensely complex movement – encompassed… View Article

A theatre review of Les Miserables

We went to see a performance of Les Miserables on Thursday 19th October 2000, which was directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caid and written by Victor Hugo and was staged at the Palace Theatre. Brief The performance is set in France after the French revolution, a woman had given birth to a young girl… View Article

20th century innovators of theatre

In this essay I will contrast and explore the key innovations and methodologies of the director/practitioner Peter Brook, and the Polish director/practitioner Wlodzimierz Staniewski and the workings of his theatre company, Gardzienice. One of Peter Brooks methodologies that I feel is key is his use of site specific work. Peter Brook felt a need to… View Article

The Greek Theatre

The amphitheatres of Ancient Greece were located on hillsides. A bowl shape was dug into a north facing slope for maximum sunlight. The amphitheatre complex contained the koilon, orchestra, proscenium, skene and parados. The koilon was the semi-circular, stacked seating area for the audience and was split into two sections; upper and lower diazoma. The… View Article