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History of Drama Timeline

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Emily Huddleston

on 20 September 2012

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The History of Theatre Origins of theatre , Ritual dance, Pantomime, ect. Theatre probably arose as a performance of ritual activities that did not require initiation on the part of the ‘actor’.Theatre did resemble the sacred mysteries in the sense that it brought purification and healing to the ‘actor’ by means of a vision.Rituals typically include elements that entertain or give pleasure, such as costumes and masks as well as skilled performers. Theatre buildings were called a theatron. The theaters were large, open-air structures constructed on the slopes of hills. They consisted of three main elements: the orchestra, the skene, and the audience.The Greek theatre history began with festivals honoring their gods. A god, Dionysus, was honored with a festival called by "City Dionysia". In Athens, during this festival, men used to perform songs to welcome Dionysus. Plays were only presented at City Dionysia festival. Greek Rome Rome was a thriving and diverse art form, ranging from festival performances of street theatre, nude dancing, and acrobatics, to the staging of Plautus's broadly appealing situation comedies Roman drama began in 240 BC with the plays of Livius Andronicus. Medieval After the fall of Rome the 600’s A.D., came a period known to us as the "dark ages."
Much political turmoil – no reliable political structure
The Church was the only stable "government"
The church exerted increasing influence. In the 4th Century, the Bishop of Rome, claiming to be the successor to St. Peter, established supremacy in church matters and in secular concerns.

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