Locations on the Proscenium StageAudienceURULSRSLDRDLOn the stage there needs to be a way to tell actors and technicians where to go. Therefore the stage is broken up into sections. These sections are based on the person standing on the stage looking out at the audience.The stage rightside of the stage is the actor’s right, their left would be stage left. If you remember on the last slide there was an Upstage and a Downstage. This will also break down into up right and down right, or up left and down left.Upstage is away from the audience while downstage is closer to the audience.
Thrust StageThis stage is directly related to how the Greeks performed their shows, the audience on three sidesThis type of stage is a nice blend between a proscenium and arena stage, it has qualities of bothThe audience find themselves very close to the actionSome vertical scenery and flying can take place in a thrust theatre along the side away from the audienceActors can enter from several different directions, including the audience through the vomitorium, or tunnel under the seatingThis gives the director more flexibilityVomitorium
Arena TheatreJust like a sporting arena, the audience is on all four sides allowing a very close relationship between actors and audienceDesigners have a more difficult situation as they can not use vertical sceneryPlay locations are typically defined by furniture and floors, such as interior or exterior scenic elements.