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The Dramatic Experience - John L. Styan

The Dramatic Experience

By: John L. Styan, David Gentleman (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 29th December 1975
ISBN: 9780521099844
Number Of Pages: 168

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Plays are, of course, meant to be seen, not read, but many people find it impossible to visit the theatre regularly and it is for them that Professor Styan intends this book, originally published in 1965, to promote better understanding of the dramatist's intentions and fuller enjoyment of the play. He defines what a play is and discusses such topics as the development of the theatre - its different stages, kinds of drama and types of character - the tone and tempo in which the play is written, the roles of actor and audience and the structure and interplay of plot and subplot. Charts of theatrical history, a glossary and reading lists, as well as drawings and diagrams by David Gentleman, provide further help for the reader.

Preface to the paperback edition
Seeing and hearing
The stage alive
Words and voices
How real is a character?
What's in a plot
Comedy, tragedy and the mood of the audience
Drama in its medium
Charts of theatrical history
Basic reading lists
Index of playwrights and plays
Index of subjects
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521099844
ISBN-10: 0521099846
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 29th December 1975
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.25