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Top Girls- Caryl ChurchillElements of DramaHave to be attuned to more than just textDrama/theatre is happening in front of you at the same time a s it is imitating something elseTension between what play is presenting toyou and what is happening in front of you is sourceof theatre’s power and meaningAristotle’s Poetics (live theatre)1.Action (drame)2.Genre3.Imitation (mimesis)4.Response (catharsis)5.UnityImitation (mimesis)Drama is one of the oldest art forms which derives from rituals, fesitvals, ceremoniesImitation (mimesis): people pretending or performing a part within a larger contextPurpose is to make myths, Gods, or important figures present/ come in life so that the peoplecan see or understand/ criticize themsocial experienceChurchill uses a lot of mimesis: historial figuesGenrePlays have been customarily diided into 2 main genres: tragedy and comedyTragedy depicts the fall of “great people” and solicits are “fear and pity”Comedy presents “regular” people in funny situations working toward happy endings (usuallymarriage)In modern theatre, these two genres ave changed and combined to produce many othertheatrical genres: history, tragi-comedy, farce (exaggerated comedy), melodramaAction (Drame)Action or “drama” of a play refers not only to plot but also towhatis happening on stageHow does the behaviour of a characters represent what or who they are?How does the actor’s movement, gestures, or expressions relate to their and others’’ charactersHow does the action of the play interact with its language or dialogueResponse (Catharsis)Catharsis is the response of the audience to the action on stage (pity and fear)A theatrical performance always has an audienceHow does the playelicit this response, does the action of the play anticipate the ways anaudience will react?Does the audience always react as one, or will there be differences?Unity: Time
The unities of time and placeThe time being depeicted on stage is often diff from the time of performance (historicaldisjunction)- fitting years of someone’s life into 60 minute playTheatre belongs to itw own time but historical plays often adaped to suit future timesTheatre is prominent in times of social change: Ancient Grrce (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes);

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Term
Spring
Professor
Baxter
Tags
Drama, Theatre, Poetics, Tragedy, Bertolt Brecht, Marlene, Top Girls,

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