Theatre Essay Topics

Practical Play Analysis

Theme/Vision Guan Hanqing’s Snow in Midsummer centers on the idea of social injustice and human suffering particularly the unfair treatment of poor people during the Chinese Golden Era.  The play must transcend a great sense of oppression as intended by its playwrights to reflect the dark side of the society they were in, as the… View Article

US Civil War Confederates Failures in the Western Theatre

One of the most important strategies of the Union in the Western Theatre that has caused failure of the Confederates in the American Civil War had been to take control of Vicksburg. The then President Abraham Lincoln held that it is a strategic location to end the war stating: “See what a lot of land… View Article

Prospero’s Speech: The Art of Theater

Shakespeare is commonly known as a great writer; but we cannot lose sight of the fact that he is every inch  a man of theater, very much like Henrik Ibsen of the nineteenth century. His career in theater began as an actor. Working closely with the manager and the actors gave him a great sense… View Article

Australian Contemporary Theatre

Australian Contemporary Theatre is a form of Theatre which addresses the concerns and aspirations of Australian audiences; with the use of diverse and complex characters Australian Contemporary Theatre is able to connect with the audience making them reflect and challenge identities. This is shown clearly in the texts Ruby Moon written by Matt Cameron and… View Article

Australian Theatre Ruby Moon and Stolen

Contemporary Australian theatre mainly focuses on the reflection of the ‘real’ Australia and communicating to the audience real and modern issues/ideas that respond to the social climate and community. Australian theatre practitioners use various performance styles, techniques and dramatic conventions to help portray their ideas to their audiences and make them feel a particular way… View Article

The Origin of Theatre

“It is unlikely that anyone will ever know just how theatre emerged” (Grose & Kenworthy, 1985: 3). Though there is little certain evidence, strong indications, scattered throughout our history, point to theatre finding its origins in the ancient rituals of shamanism. One might argue that theatre finds its origins quite clearly in ancient Greek theatre… View Article

Oscar Hammerstein II – Lyricist, Writer, Producer, Director

Oscar Hammerstein II was born July 12, 1895 in New York, New York. He died August 23, 1960 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania of stomach cancer. His given name was Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. When he entered the theatre profession, he dropped his middle names and adopted the “II” from the grandfather for which he was named…. View Article

Drama Essay: A Review of “Spring Awakening”

I will be reviewing the play titled, “Spring Awakening” by Fred Wedekind. This play was produced by The Department of Performing Arts and Humanities of the School of Liberal Arts at and directed by Robert W. Oppel. I saw the play on March 20th Q Building Theatre. The play was excellent and exceeded all expectations… View Article

Mahesh Duttani

Mahesh Dattani’s final solutions in its Hindustan avatar sound and look much better than it did in the original English. Translator Shahid Anwar and director Arvind Gaur have made major improvements – and not merely of the cosmetic kind – to reveal the communal passions that scar our collective subconscious…the plot is straightforward.Mobs are on… View Article

Greece and the Theatre

The years 600 to 500 B. C. were noteworthy in the history of Greece. These years were the witness of the beginning of history, political theory and the emergence of philosophical thoughts. It was also a period of startling evolution in architecture. This was the age of the development of human culture and civilization in… View Article

A Study of Musical Theatre’s Gilbert and Sullivan

Theatre, as we know it, always aims to provoke its audience through emotions, by invoking the muses of comedy and tragedy, and everything else in between. Many names are synonymous to the history and success of theatre, but none comes close to the iconic contributions of Britain’s most illustrious duo, collectively known as Gilbert and… View Article

Theatre Funding in America

The theatres for the performing arts in the United States of America greatly vary in terms of age composition and specialties on theatric performances. As a result, the theatres found across America derive their funding from different sources, ranging from private individuals who share the same passion to companies and other organizations that seek to… View Article

French Theatre in the 1800s

French Revolution by the year 1789 up to 1799 was a time where political and social disturbances were present. Along with its presence come changes which are based on the Enlightenment principles of inalienable rights, citizenship and nationalism. These changes went along with melancholy, chaos and confusion which repressed the French culture and society during… View Article

View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

In Act I, trouble was already starting to brew as soon as the illegal immigrants Marco and Rodolfo got into the country. Eddie’s dislike of Rodolfo triggered several other problems which finally led to Marco threatening Eddie at the end of the play. Arthur Miller uses several techniques such as dramatic dialogue, foreshadowing and paralanguage… View Article

The Influence of Musical Theatre on Dance

One of the things that can make or break a new type of musical is the dance routines. All these difference dance types mostly made their first appearances on stage. When you take a good look at musical theatre in general, you can see that one set of dance routines differs from one musical to… View Article

Proscenium and Concert

Thesis statement: A concert would not be possible without considering the importance of an organized and well-equipped facility. Successful concerts are what performers and organizer and audiences all hope for. This not only means the thoughtful programming of quality music, but also a smoothly run performance and production. Therefore, a lot of planning and making… View Article

The theatre works of Orson Welles

George Orson Welles became known as an American actor who is also into radio, motion picture and theatrical producer. He was born Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 6, 1915. He finished his high school in Woodstock, Illinois and began his acting career with the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, in 1931. Two years later he toured… View Article

Live Theatre Evaluation

I went to see the production ‘Blood Brothers’ at Wycombe Swan Theatre on the 24th April 2013. Blood Brothers is a musical about twin brothers Mickey (Sean Jones) and Edward (Mark Hutchinson) separated at birth who both find each other again and become blood brothers, but find out they’re brothers right before they die. Before… View Article

Stanislavski

* Realistic theatre has been dominant for the past 100 years, on cinema and stage. * The idea is to create believable characters and situations and t=give the illusion of real life * It makes the audience believe what they see/hear and become involved in the play * This style evolved during the twentieth century,… View Article

Introduction to Theatre

A day in the life of James Zafra: Truly, I’m a simple 16-year-old boy with an extremely pale complexion and quite a lanky physique. My deep flaxen hair is constantly in a mess due to the fact that I have never been even close to being “on the dot” in my entire life—and that absolutely… View Article

Rainbows End Essay Summary Points

Discovering your own individuality, finding oneself, is simply a discovery that is found through the journey of life. Jane Harrison produced the contemporary play Rainbows End. Set during the 1950’s on the river ‘flats’ between the towns of Shepparton and Mooroopna, Victoria, Harrison shows how discovery has been altered by the past experiences of the… View Article

Antonin Artaud: Theatre of Cruelty

Antonin Artaud’s most profound piece of work was not a poem, not a play, not an acting role, but a theory: Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. He began to form his Theatre of Cruelty theory after learning of the Balinese theatre that seemed, to him, to share qualities with his ideas about theatre. Artaud held a… View Article

A Streetcar Named Desire

Sexual desires are a common interest several people tend to have and Blanche Dubois significantly portray and represents the theme of sexual intimacy in A Street Car Named Desire as Tennessee Williams uses allegory, allusion, symbolism, and foreshadow in order to demonstrate how do Blanche’s “trip” through several street cars correspond to the theme of… View Article

What Was Ironic About the Rebirth of Theatre in the Medieval Period

It is ironic that the Church, which caused theatres to be outlawed as the Roman Empire declined and then fell, was one of the primary means of keeping theatre alive through the Middle Ages. This resulted from the Church’s need to establish itself in the community a community still steeped in pagan ritual and superstition… View Article

Verbatim Theatre

One of the key parts of this piece of drama is the quotations used. In verbatim theatre you can only say things that have been said before, whether in an article, interview or other form of media. Our piece is centred on the London Riots which were extensively reported on in 2011, so we had… View Article

The Glass Menagerie

“Choose a play in which a central character behaves in an obsessive manner. Describe the nature of the character’s obsessive behaviour and discuss the influence this behaviour has on your understanding of the character in the play as a whole.” “The Glass Menagerie” is a play written by Tennessee Williams. The play is semi-autobiographical, told… View Article

Speech Analysis Paper

The first speech I watched was “Falling Slowly” winning Best Original Song Oscar. From the beginning you could tell that Glen Hansard was very pleased and very sincere about the award and you could tell that it meant a lot to him throughout his speech. The speech was very brief and he was very thankful…. View Article

Drive-In Theatre – Analysis And Criticism

In this research paper, the author talks about drive-in theatres. He has dealt on the history, prosperity and the decline of drive-in theatres. The author has given a long account of the history of the drive-in theatres. Though Hollingshead is the inventor of drive-in theatres, he did not enjoy the benefit of his invention for… View Article

Macbeth was doomed by fate or by a flaw in his character

In the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, it is very controversial whether or not Macbeth was doomed by fate or by a flaw in his character. It could be argued that Macbeth was doomed both by fate and by a flaw in his character. On one hand, the role of the witches influence could be… View Article