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Playwright

The person who creates a play as text, the author (note ‘wright’ here means ‘craft’ not ‘write’)

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Plot

The storyline of a play

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Act

Major subdivision of a play

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Scene

Minor subdivisions of a play

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Stage directions

Playwright’s instructions to actors and director

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Characters, actors

Main people in a play, speaking and non-speaking parts

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Aside

Words spoken by a character secretly, usually to the audiences

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Monologue

Usually a long speech, not necessarily alone

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Soliloquy

A speech given alone on the stage by a character

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Stage

Performance area

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Proscenium arch

With a traditional border to the stage (like the stage in the school’s Main Hall)

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Thrust or Semi-Round

A stage often on a platform built out into the auditorium

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In-the-Round

A stage in which seating is around the performance area (often just open flooring with banks of seating around)

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Up-stage

At the back of a stage

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Down-stage, front-of-stage

At the front of a stage

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Cross-stage

From side to side of a stage

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Mis-en-scène

What the audience sees on the stage at any one time, as if you were stage a snap-shot

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Wings​

The areas to the side of the stage where actors wait to come on

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Backcloth

The cloth at the back of the stage, often with scenery painted on it

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Curtains

Which shield the stage from view

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Spotlight

Strong light that ‘spots’ a character or space

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Limelight

The old type of lights at the front of the stage; to be in the limelight is therefore to be noticed, out in front

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Coloured gels

Coloured shield for lights to create effects

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Houselights

The light for the auditorium

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Costume

Clothes for the actors to wear on stage

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Props

Any moveable item (other than costume) on the stage

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Auditorium

Where the audience sits

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House

The theatre, usually more specifically all the patrons i.e. the audience

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Front-of-house

The area (the lobby) before the audience enters the auditorium