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Department
Theatre
Course
THEA 2011
Professor
David Nicol
Semester
Fall

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September 12, 2011 The First Theatre -“The Persians”from 472 BC from ancient Greece, oldest surviving play -Earlier plays from Greec, but lost now -Written plays aren’t only kind of plays -Greeks didn’t ïnven”theatre, just have earliest written plays -Earliest description of theatrical performance  -description of the “Abydos Passion Play”from ancient Egypt from 1868 BC -But did theatre exist before there was writing? -Societies without writing had paintings and statues suggesting people putting on costumes, could be for plays? -First “modern”humans – 50 000 BC -Agriculture – 9 000 BC -Writing – 3 5000 BC -Art – 20 000 – 30 000 years ago -Theatre doesn’t “require” theatre building, props, costums, scenography, ect. The Storyteller -Passes on stories, histories and myths from generations past -When the storyteller begins to initiate the characters in the story, the simplest theatre is born Defining theatre -“Beating the Bounds”- traditional British ce
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