Classical or Greek Drama• Greek drama was religiousThe dramatic performance was viewed as a worshipact.The plots dealt with the activities of gods andgoddessesThe purpose of such plays is to draw moral lessonsfrom them.The classical playwright used well known storiesand legends and offer an individual interpretationof the story
Classical or Greek Drama• The three best known classical dramatists areAeschylus, Sophocles and EuripidesThey used the same stories and draw differentlessons from themThe theatre used by Greeks was an open-air stage.The stage has its three sides rows of seats capableof accommodating several thousand of people.The plays weren’t divided to acts or scenes. Theperformance was a continuous act
Classical Drama• Plays were performed in broad daylight.• The chorus consists of approximately 9 to 12singers stood apart from the actors and singssongs that provide comments on the story.
Classical Plays’ conventions:• No more than 3 actors are allowed on the stage• They must apply the rule of unities( time- placeand action)Unity of place= no movement from one place toanotherUnity of time= single revolution of the sun ( one dayaction )Unity of action= one story a beginning – middle –end
The prologue• Because it was difficult to maintain the threeunities, the Greek dramatists invented theprologue. The background events of the storyis explained by an actor on the stage but thewhole story starts from a central point aroundwhich the whole action is organized.