A scenic or other design which is nonrepresentational and suggests the situation rather than simulating it
The sound heard in a given room with no sound sources. Each space has a particular sound which aids our identification of the kind of space we’re in.
A scenic item, prop or costume which is from a different time period than that being portrayed on stage. Usually, it’s a modern item that shouldn’t be seen in a period piece.
The part of the theatre accommodating the audience during the performance. Sometimes known as the “house
Light coming from upstage, behind scenery or actors, to sculpt and separate them from the background
A type of lantern which produces an even, soft-edged beam of light through a Fresnel lens
A lighting effect which, when an area is diffused with smoke, produces a wall of light.
Light from below the actors - from a light source on the stage floor.
The quality of sound in a given space, measured and analyzed by its clarity, loudness, liveliness, reverberance, echoes, dynamic range, envelopment, spaciousness, warmth and silence or noise control rating.
In Greek theatre, a character (or group) representing an element in the drama which comments on the action, and advances the plot.
A room with very thick sound absorbers, causing a very dull sound with no reverberation.
A sound that is not specifically mentioned in the text of the play, but helps to create a feeling of reality / appearance of truth. Examples include dripping water in a cave, distant organ music heard in a church graveyard, traffic heard passing outside an office
A sound effect that is called for in the script of the play, or is motivated by the actions of a character. Examples include an actor switching on a radio to hear an announcement, an actor running a bath offstage, or a car pulling up outside the house.
Effect which may be added to sound effects during recording or to a voice during performance. Sustains the sound longer than normal, as if the sound was reverberating around a large building
Large suspended steel sheet with handles which produces a thunder-like rumble when shaken or beaten.
A musical instrument (or voice) has a quality of character that separates the sound of different instruments from each other.
Refers to a technique for recording an actor’s voice and replaying it during the performance to indicate a thought process, or for more practical uses such as covering a scene change or costume change
Pyrotechnic device, produced by Le Maitre, which is available as a cartridge which plugs into a flash pot, and when detonated, produces an intense cloud of coloured smoke
Cloth with a relatively coarse weave. Used unpainted to diffuse a scene played behind it. When painted, a gauze is opaque when lit obliquely from the front and becomes transparent when the scene behind it is lit
the section of the stage that [projects in front of the curtain
a stage type that has no specific areas for audience or performers, extremely flexible
a set that is proscenium arch with 3 walls around and an open 4th wall, so the action is enclosed
a play written in short scenes that makes it seem cinematic
oblong timber frame, covered with canvas or cardboard to help present a location depending on the design painting.
a beam of light that tracks the actor, isolating the attention on them
what the audience sees before the performance starts