Realism and Theatre in the 20 th Century. What is realism? Realism is a genre or style of theatre/film that seeks to portray life as it is. Using actual set pieces, actual props, actual clothing and speech patterns from daily life.
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Sets in Elizabethan theatre are representational and minimal. While sets in realism are elaborate and true to the place.
Actors in Elizabethan theatre declare their lines to the audience in a loud, announcer voice. In Realism, the actors speak in a normal, everyday pattern, to each other not the audience.
The language of Elizabethan theatre is mainly flowery verse and it is written in long declarative speeches. The language of Realistic theatre is every day prose speech and is written in dialogue form. It is very conversational.
Elizabethan theatre is often about fantasy/ fictional situations. Realism is ordinary people/situations.