Theater is more than just a few people enacting a script on stage. Although the soul of theatre and drama is to execute the script, with dialogues, music and dance, little did we know that there are different forms of it! Various kinds of theatre set the tone and theme on stage. In this article, we will discover different types of theatre production.
As the name suggests, they’re entirely based on musical art and dance forms. These kinds of productions were made immensely popular by the London’s West End to New York’s Broadway theatre.
This kind of theatre production was introduced in the 18th and 19th century. The dialogues, plot and music is exaggerated to emphasize the emotional side of the audience. Dramatic emotional or orchestral music is chosen for the plot that sets the tone to an emotional aura.
In contradiction to the traditional theatre performances that include dialogue exchange between the characters in the play, immersive theatre includes audiences. Although the contribution is minimal, it is done to engage the live viewers. This kind of play transcends the flow of the story. For example, a member of the audience can be asked to choose one among the two options provided to them and so on.
We all know what comedy play is, it covers various themes like black comedy, malapropisms and so on. According to Shakespeare’s plays, anything that has a happy ending is considered in the comedy genre. But over the years, the definition of comedy has changed, and artists are implied to depict a message to the audience with fun-filled factors.
They’re played from a first-person perspective. It can be a solo performance where the lead character or a narrator narrates the play or a multi-character performance with the narration in the background.
Farce is another variation of comedy that is exaggerated in the plot. A fractal play is loaded with absurd elements that rely on slapstick humour.
Tragedy plays have originated from the Greek plays that are based on a single theme or plot. Tragic plays usually have a sad or painful ending and are also a genre that is loved by most around the world. Earlier tragic players were allowed to depict the lives or stories based on people in power. However, over time, it is also based on a common man’s struggles.
The solo theatre could choose any genre or theme- it could be biography, comedy or tragedy. It stems from the ancient storytelling where people gathered around one person to listen to the exciting stories narrated by the person.
Like the name suggests, these plays are based on the history and lifestyle of the people in ancient times. One of the best examples of that would be William Shakespeare’s Julius Ceaser and Henry IV.
This form of theatre can be mixed with either tragedy or comedy. This kind emphasizes the connection of the story to the settings and surroundings, rather than identifying the characters in the play.