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Stage directions

the words in a printed text of the play that informs the people involved in the play how to stage, perform or imagine the play.

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Genre

A category of works that share the same features, and conventions

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Conventions

Characteristic features of a literary genre

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In character

Characters speaking as if they are really the people they play in the drama

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Indirect characterization

When a characters' traits are revealed implicitly through speech, thoughts, appearance etc.

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One act play

A play in which the action unfolds continuously, and in one place and time.

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Proscenium stage

Type of theatre where the stage is divided from the audience by an arch (a proscenium)

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Thrust stage

Stage design that allows the audience to sit on three sides from the major acting area

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Arena stage

Stage design in which the audience is seated around the acting area. Actors make their entrances and exits through the auditorium

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Amphitheatre

Type of theatre consisting of a stage area surrounded by a semicircle of seats

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Orchestra

In Classical Greek theatre, a semicircular area used mostly for dancing by the chorus

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Skene

A low building in the back of a stage area in Classical Greek theatre, which represented a temple or palace

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Set

The design, decoration and scenery of the stage during a play

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Props

In drama, an object used on stage

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Classical unities

Three principles of structure that require a play to have one plot that occurs in one plays, within one day

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Dramatic irony

When there is a gap between what the audience knows and what a character expects or believes

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Situational irony

When a character has an expectation that is reversed or fulfilled in an unexpected way

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Verbal irony

When a word or expression means something different than what it appears to mean

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Monologue

A long, uninterrupted speech, spoken by one person

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Drama

A literary genre consisting of works that are performed before an audience by an actor or actors playing the characters

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Soliloquy

A monologue in which the character is alone on stage and thinks out loud

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Aside

Character speaks directly to the audience, without the speech being registered

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Dialogue

Usually, words spoken by characters in a literary work