Talk of performance and what comes into our minds will surely be operas and stage musicals that have included theatre and drama not just from today, but over the previous couple of centuries. Much of Shakespeare's award winning plays are turned into performance and theatre plays along with musicals that have been extremely popular worldwide.
In 2014, The Lion King celebrated 15 years of theatre at the Lyceum Theatre in London. This is where it opened first in 1999, with large audience still drawn to it. That is an amazing accomplishment and the numbers show it - as it had earned over ₤ 4 billion internationally, beating Phantom of the Opera which was the previous record-holder. To understand it in much better viewpoint, The Lion King's international profits topped even the combined around the world profits of the leading 6 earning Harry Potter movies!
Nevertheless, critics were doubtful if performances still hold sway over the general public in regards to visual majesty or they are simple vestiges of traveller interest for immigrants going to a local city or nation. The response to their concerns has been quite in favor of performance, which just goes to stress that the general public likes a program that has all the components of theatre and drama.
What are the fundamental aspects of a performance? Unlike movies and TV, performance is live performances and living, breathing art types. Broadly, the primary components are:
- Script or Text - the beginning point of a theatrical performance and one that is the domain of the playwright.
- Scenario or Plans - form the plan that a director utilizes to develop the production.
- Process - a co-ordination of the innovative efforts put in by the director, stars, dancers, artists, specialists and so on
- Product - completion outcome of the procedure which will be seen by the public.
- Audience - the necessary element of every art; the really physical existence of an audience changes the performance.
But the single crucial component for the success of a performance or a theatre play is the story, the script or the text. Here is where the value of the playwright controls all other aspects. Aristotle, the Greek philosopher-writer developed over 2000 years ago the 'theories of playwriting' or the Elements of Drama which have since been followed by lots of effective playwrights over the centuries. In Aristotle's crucial analysis of numerous Greek plays and dramas, the 6 aspects that lay out a story or a script include:.
- Ideas/ Theme/ Thought
- Action/ Plot
- Characters/ players in the script
Besides the above, the other significant components of drama consist of the sub classifications of funny, melodrama, disaster and tragicomedy. The success of Shakespeare's writing is credited to this single element - i.e. each of his plays can be slotted into a classification of drama.