What is theatresports in drama?

Theatresports is a form of improvisational theatre, which uses the format of a competition for dramatic effect. Opposing teams can perform scenes based on audience suggestions, with ratings by the audience or by a panel of judges.

What is the philosophy behind Theatresports?

Philosophy. Although staged as a competition, Theatresports has the philosophy that corniness and gags tend to lower the quality of scenes. The emphasis is on building characters and on spontaneous, collaborative storytelling.

What are the 3 origins of Theatre?

The theatre of ancient Greece consisted of three types of drama: tragedy, comedy, and the satyr play. The origins of theatre in ancient Greece, according to Aristotle (384–322 BCE), the first theoretician of theatre, are to be found in the festivals that honoured Dionysus.

When was improvisation created?

In all likelihood, improvisation began in prehistory, with two cavepeople trying to explain to another caveperson what they were doing in each other’s cavebeds. The earliest recorded example comes from the fourth century BC.

When did Theatresports start in Australia?

When Theatresports first came to Sydney in 1985, there was a buzz around town: the newly-opened Belvoir St Theatre had a cult, sell-out Sunday night show. It was a style of performing called ‘impro’ – which at the time sounded like something impossible from another planet.

How did Theatresports begin?

Developed by director Keith Johnstone in Calgary, Alberta, in 1977, the concept of Theatresports originated in Johnstone’s observations of techniques used in professional wrestling to generate heat, or audience reaction.

Is improvisation a sport?

The Global Competition

Much like the Olympics that inspired Japan’s Health and Sports Day, improv comedy can be a global competition. The Pirates have toured internationally 10 times, taking on groups in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai.

What are the 4 types of theatre spaces?

Theatre performance spaces fall into four categories: proscenium theatres, thrust theatres, arena theatres, and found spaces. This section will introduce you to the common parts of each theatre and the relative benefits of each type.

Who is the first actor?


According to tradition, in 534 or 535 BC, Thespis astounded audiences by leaping on to the back of a wooden cart and reciting poetry as if he was the characters whose lines he was reading. In doing so he became the world’s first actor, and it is from him that we get the world thespian.