October 20, 2004

5th–century Theatre of Dionysus–Beck and Pidge

2. * The 4th century B.C.E. Phlyakes vases from the south of Italy show temporary wooden stages which we believe are similar or identical to those that would have been used for comic performance in the 5th century B.C.E. How adequate or appropriate would such a stage have been for the performance of tragedy in the 5th century B.C.E., in particular the Eumenides? *

To have a tragedy, such as Eumendies, performed on a stage associated with comedy would be inaprropriate. The audience would link previous comic plays with the tragedy, making it harder to establish the appropriate atmosphere. Stages in comedy were often lightweight and festive, therefore would not be appropriate in the performance of a tragedy.

ii. * Where could Klytemnestra, Apollo and Orestes have performed in the opening scene of the play? *

In the opening scene of the play we would position Apollo downstage left on a raised platform, symbolising his Godly status. Downstage right we would position Orestes, parralell wiith Apollo to show their allegience against Klytemnestra. However we would have Orestes kneeling to emphasise their difference in status. Lastly we would position Klytemnestra upstage centre, again on a platform surrounding Orestes and Apollo showing her dominance over the plot.

  • Where could the chorus have performed? *

We would place the chorus around the back of the stage, in a semi circle with Kyltemnestra in the middle. They would be surrounding the other characters, again displaying their dominance and importance of the plot.


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