20 Crazy Melodrama Resources

20 Crazy Melodrama Resources

Melodrama, derived from the Greek “melos” (music) and the French “drame” (drama), was a form of theatrical entertainment popular in Europe and America from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. While melodramatic plots were often romantic depictions of everyday life showcasing heightened emotions (stemming from earlier sentimental dramas), the staging of these was nothing short of spectacular. Characters were usually archetypal figures such as villains, victims and heroes.

Naturalism: 25 Useful Theatre Resources

Naturalism: 25 Useful Theatre Resources

The naturalistic theatre movement emerged in the mid 19th century and was first introduced by French novelist, critic and playwright Emile Zola in the preface to his novel Thérèse Raquin (1867), which the author later adapted into a stage play (first performed in 1873). Naturalism demanded a slice of life authenticity in every aspect of production and is not to be confused with realism.

Resources for Theatre’s Problem Play

Resources for Theatre’s Problem Play

The problem play, or play of ideas, contains strong characterisation and topical social issues. The genre is typically thought to have reached its maturity in the late 1800s with some of the works of Henrik Ibsen such as A Doll’s House (1879), Ghosts (1882), and An Enemy of the People (1882). These realistic social dramas frankly portrayed current social issues on the stage.

19th Century Play Scripts

19th Century Play Scripts

The Anniversary The Bear Deirdre of the Sorrows A Doll’s House The Duchess of Padua An Enemy of the People Faust A Florentine Tragedy Ghosts Hedda Gabler An Ideal Husband The Importance of Being Earnest Intentions Ivanoff La Sainte Courtisane The Lady From The Sea Lady Windermere’s Fan Pillars of Society The Proposal Riders to…

Domestic Tragedy

Domestic Tragedy

In English drama, a domestic tragedy is a tragedy in which the tragic protagonists are ordinary middle-class or lower-class individuals. This subgenre contrasts with classical and Neoclassical tragedy, in which the protagonists are of kingly or aristocratic rank and their downfall is an affair of state as well as a personal matter. The Ancient Greek…

Music Hall

Music Hall

Music hall is a type of British theatrical entertainment popular between 1850 and 1960. It involved a mixture of popular songs, comedy, speciality acts and variety entertainment. The term is derived from a type of theatre or venue in which such entertainment took place. British music hall was similar to American vaudeville, featuring rousing songs…