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DRAMA: Modernism to Post-Modernism


Theatre of the late nineteenth century featured Realism and Naturalism; styles of theatre that were based on natural, rational explanation as evidenced through the five senses. The realists observed man and his environment and set about to abandon antiquated techniques such as formula plays, surface characterisation, romantic subject matter and scenic splendour in favour of duplication of contemporary life.

By 1900, the Realism and Naturalism phase had peaked and people started gravitating towards the 'Anti-realism' movement that featured more avante-garde styles of theatre.


This site is a recount of all the theatrical styles that were covered during Dr Delyse Ryan's 'Drama: From Modernism to Post-Modernism' class.

Please click on the appropriate links at the bottom of this page to access the information.

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Jessica Lane,
Modern Drama B Assignment