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Ancient Greek Theatre - the audience's experience

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on 9 April 2013

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•Plays took place in a theatron Ancient Greek Theatre:
•A theatron could hold 15,000 to 20, 000 people •Plays would take place in daytime as there was no way to provide lighting for the entire stage and theatron Why people were interested in attending the theatre? • It was a big social even in their lives as that was a place to socialize, learn news, and , of course, watch plays . *theatron means "seeing place" •Plays would be presented in competition with other plays (usually in competition for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) Chorus: The narrators of the play. Some details: • Plays often lasted for more than 6 hours •many playwrights tried to win over their audience through flattery, compliments and by giving out small gifts of small gifts Behavior in the theatre: •if the audience did not like the play, they would mock the actors, scream or even throw food at the stage •to show their discontent with the play, the spectators would hit on the wooden benches they sat on •Theatre was a very important part of the Ancient Greek culture as it not only provided a place for entertainment and social time but because the plays would contain mythological, ritual and religious elements that would help shape the society. •"Ancient Greek Theatre." Greek Theatre. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
•"History of Ancient Theatre." History of Ancient Theatre. Tupelo Community Theatre, n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
•Englert, Walter. "Staging an Ancient Greek Play." Staging a Play. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
•Phillips, K,. "ANCIENT GREEK THEATRE." ANCIENT GREEK THEATRE. Rich East High School, n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013. It is believed that theatre started around 450-300 BC as it is known that Plato (428–427 BC to c. 348–347 BC (aged c. 80), a Greek philosopher, wrote plays. Work Cited: There is a common belief that women weren’t allowed to attend plays, however that is false. On the other hand... • audience members would stamp their feet to show their appreciation, rather than clapping their hands. Now to summarize it all up: The audience would stomp their feet in appreciation, or throw food at the actors if they did not like the play Theatre was an important part of Greek social and religious life.
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