Performing Greek Comedy

Performing Greek Comedy

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Alan Hughes presents a new complete account of production methods in Greek comedy. The book summarises contemporary research and disputes, on such topics as acting techniques, theatre buildings, masks and costumes, music and the chorus. Evidence is re-interpreted and traditional doctrine overthrown. Comedy is presented as the pan-Hellenic, visual art of theatre, not as Athenian literature. Recent discoveries in visual evidence are used to stimulate significant historical revisions. The author has directly examined 350 vase scenes of comedy in performance and actor-figurines, in 75 collections, from Melbourne to St Petersburg. Their testimony is applied to acting techniques and costumes, and women's participation in comedy and mime. The chapters are arranged by topic, for convenient reference by scholars and students of theatre history, literature, classics and drama. Overall, the book provides a fresh practical insight into this continually developing more

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  • Electronic book text | 328 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 65 b/w illus. 2 tables
  • 1139335030
  • 9781139335034

Review quote

'[Hughes'] experience, combined with a thorough bibliography and first-hand examination of 350 artefacts, results in a solid introduction to the performance of Greek comedy ... all readers will find ample opportunities in the thorough notes and bibliography to delve more deeply into the questions and controversies of the subject.' Scott Farrington, Theatre Research Internationalshow more

Table of contents

1. Comedy in art, Athens and abroad; 2. Poets of Old and Middle Comedy; 3. Theatres; 4. The comic chorus; 5. Music in comedy; 6. Acting, from lyric to dual consciousness; 7. Technique and style of acting comedy; 8. The masks of comedy; 9. Costumes of Old and Middle Comedy; 10. Comedy and women; 11. New Comedy; Catalogue of objects discussed: vases, terracottas, other media; more

About Alan Hughes

Alan Hughes is Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, a theatre historian and professional who has operated his own repertory company. Published research includes Henry Irving, Shakespearean, an account of the actor-manager's productions, and his edition of Titus Andronicus in the New Cambridge Shakespeare series. In 2006 the T. B. L. Webster Fellowship recognised his contributions to the archaeology of Greek theatre, leading to the completion of Performing Greek more