When working with a script, look carefully at the setting, stage directions and dialogue. Researching the roles and the play's background helps you understand the playwright's intentions.
What is a plot?
A group of people planning something
The main action of a play, presented as a clear chain of events
A small piece of land, such as an allotment
What does dramatis personae mean?
The cast or characters in the play
Do the actors say the stage directions?
The actors say everything that is written in the playscript
The stage directions are spoken by the narrator
The actors should only say the words that are intended to be spoken
How are changes in setting or time usually indicated?
Acts and scenes divide a play according to setting and time changes
Headings like chapter headings divide a play according to setting and time changes
A change in font
Will a playwright lose all control of their play when it's produced?
A playwright has no influence over the play once it is written
A playwright will often work with the cast of a new show, and after it's published, a play is protected by performing rights
It would be very wrong if the playwright had any influence over the play after it was written
Should actors and directors research a production or is it the job of the playwright?
The playwright should provide everything needed for performance in the volume that contains the play
Directors should research a production and tell the actors what to do
Actors and directors should do their own research when involved in a production
What do you expect of the production if the copy of a play describes the setting in detail?
It may or may not be realistic, but the playwright has a clear view of what is essential about the way the set is presented
It will be realistic
It will be expensive to build
Which element of a production is the most varied?
The director because there's often a different one for every show
The cast because there's often a different one for every show
The audience because there's a different one for every performance of a show
Which Shakespeare play provides the basis for Bob Carlton's Return to the Forbidden Planet?
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Did Shakespeare invent all his own plots?
He borrowed all his plots from other writers
He invented all his own plots
He was happy to adapt another writer's plot if he wanted to use it