The Bacchae

what are the props they used for this play and what is the citation

what are the props they used for this play and what is the citation?

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Are you looking for individual props, like those below found in line 75 of the Bacchae text;

"Enter the Chorus of Bacchae, dressed in ritual deerskin, carrying small drums like tambourines."

Below is an overview of how props were used in the Greek theatre;

"Theatre’ (from Greek ‘theatron’) means ‘viewing [-place]’, and the Greek word ‘drama’ means ‘action’. Theatre as we know it is perhaps the part of our cultural heritage which most distinctively originates in classical Greece. But there are some aspects of the ways in which Greek plays were conceived, composed and performed which may strike us as strange."

Costumes, Masks and Props

Actors wore costumes appropriate to the characters they portrayed, and high-heeled boots to enhance their stature. They also wore masks, made it is thought mainly of linen maché, with exaggerated painted features and facial expressions. Both the boots and the masks would convey a larger-than-life impression, partly to help viewers in the back rows to see as clearly as possible. The masks also served to enable a limited number of actors to double roles in plays with, typically, between six and ten speaking parts. They had the disadvantage that actors could not use facial expressions to convey meaning or emotion; this, as well as the fact that the performances were in the open air, meant that actors’ control of their vocal delivery was even more important than it is in the theatre today (though not in a radio production, of course), and made it necessary sometimes for playwrights make characters say things, sometimes repeatedly, that a modern playwright would leave out, such as ‘I am angry’, or ‘I am sad’. Of course actors would be able to use a wide range of bodily postures and gestures, though these were probably to us ‘larger than life’, and to a certain extent ‘standardised’, so that audiences, particularly those sitting furthest away, could easily recognise their emotional significance. Props were however limited - weapons might be worn or wielded and documents carried, but there was little or nothing by way of stage furniture, and a lot had to be described in words and left to the audience’s imagination to fill in in the mind’s eye.


Pages of Greek Theatre Bacchae Text

The props they used were the radio production and the costumes were hand made

Hope this helped : wasnt very much but not to compared as what jill wrote x :)