Theatre plays have for centuries enthralled audiences around the world. It acts as an escape from the realities of the real world and transports its audience to a new dimension, taking them on a journey that they might never experience otherwise.
Theatre plays have long since been a source of entertainment for people across the world. Some of the earliest plays were even staged on local streets, markets and other places which would attract a crowd. The dialogues which were scripted for the characters were penned to incite awe, frustration, anger, joy and excitement. The characters which were created were either loathed or loved. In fact, some of the best theatre play characters are still revered even today.
Popular topics and issues which were used for theatre included battles, intrigue, a man/woman’s journey through life, or other relevant social issues. The various types of theatre plays included farce, satirical, tragedy and historical, among many others.
Despite humble beginnings, plays began to expand rapidly as the years rolled by. What started as small productions soon grew into full-fledged big-scale productions which included elaborate sets and costumes and countless props and actors. This change began towards the end of the 19th century. Theatre which earlier catered to a small audience now have a much wider appeal.
Theatre plays have also become a very lucrative source of business. Some of the most famous theatre have earned revenues well and beyond a quarter of a million dollars and have had great success for a number of years. Some of the longest running plays have lasted for more than 50 years.
Theatre plays wouldn’t be where it is had it not been for the playwrights that were inspired to write such original material to be performed. From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw, these stalwarts paved the way for plays to become a way of interpreting life. From the absurd to the fantastical, from wars to kitchen-sink dramas, theatre have encompassed a variety of topics and issues.
Presently, other forms of entertainment have replaced plays, but its appeal still remains strong. As long as there is a story to tell, be assured that the curtain will never fall on plays.
The world is never devoid of drama. I don’t mean it negatively. The ‘drama’ being discussed here are theatre. Theatre as a form of entertainment has been a staple in most parts of the world, despite its varying forms and alterations in themes and issues, plays still remain a force to be reckoned with.