Ancient Greek Theatre
Modern Theatre has elements of Ancient Greek Theatre
The Greek Theatre began with festivals honoring their gods. Plays were presented at City Dionysia festival. Athens was the main center for these theatrical traditions. The Athenians spread these festivals to numerous allies to promote identity.
There were three types of plays: Tragedy, Comedy and Satyr. Tragedy and Comedy were seen as completely separate genres. Satyr on the other hand was dealt with the mythological subject in comic matter.
Masks and Costumes
The actors were so far away from the audience they had to wear exaggerated costumes and masks. Masks were made of linen or cork. Tragic masks carried mournful or painful expressions, while comic masks were smiling and joyful.