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AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES
FACULTY OF ARTS

COURSE CODE; THAP 101
COURSE TITLE; INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE 1

BY
SULE, ISAH MUHAMMAD

REGISTRATION NUMBER:

U12EN1059

ASSIGNMENT
QUESTION
TAKE ANY TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL OR CEREMONY THAT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH AND DESCRIBING ITS COMPONENT ELEMENTS AS A PERFORMANCE.SAY WHY IT IS THEATRICAL RATHER THAN DRAMA.
DATE: 13 -2- 2013

INTRODUCTION
Theatre which simply means a room or an avenue adapted for the exhibition of any performance is an umbrella beneath which other theatrical events exist. However the word theatre is used to describe more than just the building or place in which plays are carried out, it refers to events other than those that are organized for the delight of the audience. For example rituals, coronations, festivals, ceremonies and so on are all theatrical events. Theatrical events deal with real life sequence that is real life occurrences. These events therefore have no imitation, impersonation or storyline and it is not performed for the entertainment of an audience but for its main purpose of creation. Theatrical events therefore do not depend on people rather people depend on them. What unites the events of theatre and theatrical is the fact that they entail spectacular elements in their unique forms and performances. The theatrical performances in form of traditional or religious festivals are rituals performed by people for particular reasons. Festival according to Oxford Advanced learner’s dictionary is defined as a day or period of the year when people stop working to celebrate a special event. On the other hand rituals are series of actions that are always performed in the same way especially as part of a religious ceremony. In this write up we shall describe the components of a theatrical ceremony practiced among...
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