Theatrical Conventions of Shakespeare’s Time
Without Shakespeare, the dramatic arts wouldn’t be as advanced and entertaining.
As you may already know theatre is very different today than it was in William Shakespeare’s time. In William Shakespeare’s time boys had to play the girls parts because it was considered risky for a girl to be a part of a play because women were considered uncapable to act. Today women are very vital to plays and theatre. Back in Shakespeare’s time there weren’t very many visual effects such as props and dressing the part. The audience got entertainment from the words of the play. However, today we have a lot of visual effects.
The language in Shakespear’s dramas are very different from today. If you try to read Shakespear’s plays and dramas you might have trouble because of the language barrier. Shakespeare’s language was very formal if you will. Today we use a lot of slang. For instance in Shakespear’s time for the word we pronounce today as you back then was pronounced thou.
Also back in Shakespear’s time the concept of the drama was very serious and sometimes even unheard of. As today we find it very common to see drama and understand it. Shakespear’s time was the sort if revolution of dramatic arts. Without Shakespear I don’t believe the dramtic arts we have today would be as advanced and entertaining.
In Shakespear’s time there was little time for rehearsals and only given the words of their part. Today if you act you get a complete script with everyones lines and you have a pretty good while to rehearse. Also one other big difference is the music. In someplays today you might find some background music and such. Back then they didn’t have any music.
All in all today wouldn’t be as interesting if it would not be for the contributions of Shakespear’s time. Some even believe if it weren’t for Shakespeare we wouldn’t have the entertaining things that we love so dearly today. We need to be thankful for what we have and for what Shakespear’s time contributed.