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Masks in Greek Theatre
Transcript of Masks in Greek Theatre
In Greek theatre masks were worn to "exaggerate" the actor's facial features and expressions this is
because audience members were sitting to far away to notice the expressions from the actor's bare face.
This also allowed actors to play many different rolls, for an example: playing a female/male character (considering that back then females were not allowed to perform plays). The masks may have also been worn to distinguish age, personality and of course, emotions.
Masks in Ancient Greek Theatre were typically made from a variety of materials such as Linen, Wool/cloth, Wood, Cork and Leather.
As an addition/decoration many masks had human hair or animal fur to give it detailed and complete look.
When wearing a mask, it is vital that you give very big exaggerated body movements to show that you are expressing the mask's emotion, this can help the audience identify the situation/emotion during the play. And also you need a loud, confident voice so the audience can hear you.
By Belinda Bentin
It has been said that the Masks made it so that the actor's voices appeared louder but to some people it is just a theory.
In a mask the mouths were typically open so that their voice may be heard from many rows away.
Every character in plays had a special and differant mask made for them.
For the eyes of the masks, small holes were drilled in the place of the pupil; so that the actor may see.
Masks made theatre plays more interesting and entertaining for audiences.
Since women were forbidden from performing on stage, men wore female masks to play the role of a female.
Weak materials used in masks appeared to decay or "die out" over a period of time.
Why did actors wear masks?
What were these masks made of?
As a performer, what special consideration do you need to give to your audience when wearing a mask?
Photos and Illustrations of the "Comedy and Tragedy" Mask
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