The stage is set for drama

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 October, 2008, 12:00am

Have you ever been to the theatre? What sort of play did you see? London has a famous theatre district called the West End and New York's theatre district is called Broadway

What sort of play?

What would you like to see at the theatre? What sort of plays are these?

1. Macbeth is a tragedy. A tragedy is ...

a) a play that makes the audience laugh

b) a play about death or suffering with a sad ending

2. The Deep Blue Sea is a drama. A drama is ...

a) a play with no dialogue

b) a serious play

3. Boeing Boeing is a farce. A farce is ...

a) a funny play where the characters get involved in unlikely situations

b) a play that makes everybody cry

4. Wicked is a musical. A musical is ...

a) a play that scares the audience

b) a play where all the dialogue is sung not spoken

5. The Mousetrap is a thriller. A thriller is ...

a) a play where there are only two characters

b) a play with an exciting story, often involving a crime

6. Edward Scissorhands is a dance drama. A dance drama is ...

a) a play that tells a very serious story

b) a play where the story is told with dance and no dialogue

7. Hay Fever is a light comedy. A light comedy is ...

a) a play with lots of special effects

b) a funny play with a gentle storyline

At the theatre

You might hear these conversations at the theatre. What is the meaning of the coloured word or phrase?

1. 'Did the dress rehearsal go well last night?'

a) the final practice of a play before it is performed before an audience

b) the last performance of a play

2. 'Did you read that excellent review of the new play in the paper last night?'

a) a letter of congratulations

b) a report in a newspaper when someone writes what they think about a new play

3. 'I've never been in a theatre before where an actor has forgotten his lines.'

a) a thank you speech at the end of a performance

b) the words said by a character in a play

4. 'I've got a job as a stage manager. I start next week.'

a) the person responsible for the equipment and what goes on the stage during a play

b) the person who designs the sets of a play

5. 'I think I would prefer to sit in the stalls the next time we go to the theatre.'

a) the seats on the second level of a theatre

b) the seats on the ground level of a theatre

Match up the words

Match these words about the theatre with their meanings.

1. props

2. playwright

3. monologue

4. cast

5. a run through

6. the wings

7. the auditorium

a) a very long speech by a character in a play

b) objects that are used by an actor when he is playing a part onstage

c) the person who writes a play

d) all the characters in a play

e) the off-stage area at each side of the stage

f) the part of a theatre where the audience sits

g) to practise a play (or a scene) from beginning to end without stopping

Missing words

Complete the missing word.

1. There weren't many people in the au.................. tonight.

2. The main actor forgot his li....... three times tonight.

3. William Shakespeare is England's most famous pl............... .

4. Tickets in the st....... are more expensive than tickets for the circle.

5. The first night went well. I hope we get a good re.......... in the South China Morning Post tomorrow.


What sort of play? 1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. b, 5. b, 6. b, 7. b

At the Theatre: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b

Match up the words: 1. b, 2. c, 3. a, 4. d, 5. g, 6. e, 7. f

Missing words: 1. auditorium, 2. lines, 3. playwright, 4. stalls, 5. review