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Drama Stage and Audience - John L. Styan

Drama Stage and Audience

Paperback

Published: 4th August 1975
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This book shows how a play 'works' in the theatre: how it generates life, meaning and excitement on the stage for the audience. It is self evident that a play must communicate or it is not a play at all. Professor Styan argues that, while communication in drama begins with the script, the value or power of a play must be tested upon an audience. In the theatre experience, it is not so much the elements of drama on the stage or the perceptions of the audience which are important, as the relationships between them. It follows that the study of drama is the study of how the stage compels its audience to be involved in its actual processes; it is a study of a particular social situation. Professor Styan discusses in detail the particular social situation, conditions of performance and physical playhouse in which a play thrives. There is a wealth of examples from all periods of Western drama. He especially deals with plays which make no pretence to 'realism', and much of the discussion turns upon the power and success of Shakespeare as a playwright. This book will appeal to students, actors and directors of drama, as well as the theatregoers. Professor Styan's insistence on criticism based on the theatrical experience will make this an important book for other drama critics.

Prefatory note
Communication in drama
Dramatic signals
Genre and style
Conditions of performance
Acting and role-playing
Non-illusory theatre
Audience
Bibliographical references
Index
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ISBN: 9780521098694
ISBN-10: 0521098696
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 4th August 1975
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35