October 15, 2004

A tale of two theatres

3. In Theatron, explore the model of the Theatre of Dionysos, which represents the theatre as it may have been during the Lycurgan period (338 – 326 B.C.E.). Compare and contrast its stone skene with the wooden Phlyakes stage.

i.What possibilities and limitations for performance does each type of scene building allow or impose?

Possibilities: Dionysos – Much more space, allows the actors to move around a lot more, elaborate scene changes are now possible.

Phylax – More intimate, allows subtler acting as everyone can hear, possibility to make performances slightly less stylised.

Limitations: Dionysos – Huge audience so would have to be very loud to be heard, actons would have to be very large to be seen, hard to make sure all the audience can see.

Phylax – Not much room for scene changes or action, wouldn't be able to have a lot of scenery. Wouldn't have that grand feel.

ii.The action of the Eumenides is set in three locations. What are they?

Temple of Apollo at Delphi

iii.How might these scene changes have been staged?
Phylax – Backdrop, imagination, move on/off stage.
Dionysos – Change of scenery, move across/to different area of the stage.

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