Medea is a play that was performed at a Greek theatre. Greek theatres were large arenas meant to hold almost a town’s worth a people. They were made so that no matter where you were, you would be able to hear the performance with perfect acoustics. Every part of the play was important and everyone had a role. It might not seem like parts like the choir would be necessary but, “the chorus members act as models in expressing emotions that the playwright aims to elicit from the audience” (Woodruff 147). The choir was an essential part in fully understand the characters thoughts. In Medea, the choir is explaining how conflicted she is in deciding if she should kill her children or not, even trying to convince her not to saying, “Unfortunate woman, daughter of Creon! We pity your sad fate, gone as you are to Hādēs’ halls because of your marriage with Jason” (Euripides 1) as she decides that she will kill her children. Greek play usually have a message for all to hear and learn from. The theatre was a cathartic experience for all.
Greek Theatre Architecture
This article gives details on the construction of Greek Theatres from the earliest being traced back to the minoan civilization and the ones the Romans continued after the Greeks (Cartwright, 1). It goes over what material they used to how everyone in the theatre was able to hear the play performed there.
Thespis, Athens, and the Origins of Greek Drama:
This video tells of the history of Greek Theatre starting from the very beginning. It tell what people did to prepare for the competition that was had at the theatre, how they would go through all their costume changes, and what the purpose of the play was and why it was important for the whole city to see it.
The Poetics: WTF? Aristotle’s Poetics, Greek Tragedy and Catharsis:
Aristotle was a big fan of Medea claiming that it was the best Tragedy ever written. This video goes over Aristotle’s thoughts about Greek Tragedy, do’s and don’ts of greek Tragedy, and the feeling of Catharsis tragedy gives viewers.
How is Great Television Like Ancient Greek Drama:
This video explains how our current television shows were influenced by greek drama. It goes over how ancient greek were able to capture the audience’s attention and get their message across and how T.V. show today are able to pull of the same thing.
For this last post, I will leave a link to the full play of Medea acted out on stage. In school we usually read plays and don’t get a chance to see them how they were originally meant to be. This plays is long but it is enjoyable to see what Medea and the other characters would have looked like, how a play works when it only has one set (Medea’s house), and even what the choir would sound like.