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.
-Passes on stories, histories and myths from generations past
-When the storyteller begins to initiate the characters in the story, the simplest theatre is
Defining theatre -“Beating the Bounds”- traditional British ce