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"When I visited Ireland with my father and heard the people on the farm talking, I couldn't believe the gift of language they had. I felt very untalented."

- John Patrick Shanley


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Theatre Talk

More terms you might hear around a theatre and what they mean:

The apron and proscenium on a theatre stage

The apron and the proscenium

Apron: Part of a stage nearest the audience, in front of the proscenium arch.

Booth: A room, or sometimes an open platform, where lighting and sound operators control the technical stuff. The stage manager may also sit in the booth, which usually has a view of the stage. At Domino, look behind you when sitting in the audience — those windows at the back are the booth.

Corpse: No, this is not the person in a whodunit with the fewest lines. It's theatre slang for laughing on stage when you shouldn't — such as when you're supposed to be dead — or causing someone else to do so.

Deck: The permanent floor of the stage.

Flat: A ready-made wall section for theatre sets. Flats can be fastened together quickly to create walls, and are light enough to be easy to carry.

Green room: The room where actors hang out when they're not on stage. The origin of the term is obscure, though it is known to go back as far as the 17th century. One theory is that costumes were often kept in this room, and as the walls could be rough and dirty, cloth was hung over them to protect the costumes, and one of the cheapest types of cloth available in quantity was a green baize. Another is that early makeup needed time to cure so it wouldn't crack, and until it did that it was considered "green", so actors sat in the green room in their "green" makeup before the show. In case you're wondering, yes, the green room at Domino is painted green.

Grid: A network of metal pipes just below the ceiling from which lights and other objects are hung.

Props: Short for properties — items used by actors on stage. Technically, it's a prop if an actor handles it and it's set dressing if it's just there to add to the look of the set and no actor handles it.

Proscenium: The arch-like opening between the stage and the audience, where the curtain hangs if there is one. Technically the proscenium is the opening itself, while the arch is called the proscenium arch, but the word proscenium is often used to refer to both. The word comes from the Greek proskenion, which means roughly in front of the tent.

Riser: A platform used to create a raised area on the stage. Theatres usually keep a stock of risers in standard sizes to make it easy to create different levels on a set.

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