The genre of a performance refers to the type of story being told, and the style refers to how the work is presented on stage. A genre or style can help to give performers a framework to shape the devised work. In the initial stages of devising, it is important to explore a range of contrasting approaches. Popular theatrical genres and styles include (but are not limited to):
When considering genre or style, it is important to think about the target audience. The devised piece’s content needs to be appropriate for and appealing to the chosen audience.
Certain genres and styles will lend themselves well to different devised works, so it is important to invest some time in thinking carefully about what will work and to consider the content and structure of the piece.