Melodrama

Melodrama is a dramatic genre characterised by its emphasis on sensationalism and emotional manipulation. It often employs stock characters and dramatic plotlines to appeal to the audience's emotions....

Heroic Drama

Heroic drama, also known as heroic tragedy or heroic romance, is a type of play that arose in the Restoration era of England during the late 17th century. The genre drew inspiration from French Neocla...

Revenge Tragedy

Revenge tragedy is a dramatic genre characterised by its focus on a protagonist's quest for vengeance against those who have wronged them or their loved ones. This genre explores themes of vengeance, ...

The Aside

In theatre, an aside is a device that allows a character to speak their thoughts aloud to the audience in a way that suggests none of the other characters on stage can hear them. It's a brief remark, ...

The Chorus

The word chorus means a 'group of dancers' in Greek, and choral songs were performed in religious festivals in ancient Greece. The importance of the chorus in literature and performing arts lies in it...

The Soliloquy

The soliloquy is a dramatic device often used in literature and theatre, where a character speaks their thoughts aloud, usually while alone on stage. This dramatic device is used extensively in theatr...

Sentimental Comedy

Sentimental comedy is a genre of theatrical comedy that emerged in the 18th century as a reaction against the more cynical and morally ambiguous comedies of the Restoration period, offering a more opt...

Comedy of Manners

Comedy of Manners, also known as Restoration Comedy, is a genre of English comedic plays that emerged during the Restoration period (1660-1710) after the end of the Puritan ban on theatre. This genre ...

Comedy of Humours

Comedy of Humours is a type of comedic play that explores the idea of characters being dominated by a particular "humour" or temperament. Humours were a concept derived from ancient Greek and Roman me...

Under Fire

Laurence Housman is a prolific playwright, writer and illustrator. Under Fire, one of the best of his one-act plays portrays a sensational episode in the life of Queen Victoria during the early period...