Sometimes, performance styles are associated with periods in history and hence, theatre history and Elizabethan theatre or Elizabethan drama is one of these examples.
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Writing the historical, or, period script is one of the hardest genres to pull off successfully. It takes an incredible amount of research on the part of the writer to authentically recreate a specific moment in time not to mention characters that inhabit that era.
The trick is getting the reader to connect and care about people and events that have gone before as if they are there, in the past with them. And the key to this all-important trick is approaching any period story with a contemporary storytelling sensibility.
What is a contemporary storytelling sensibility? The best way I can explain it is analyzing your period story for the same ingredients you would bring to a contemporary story.
Are the characters unique and compelling? Does the story bring a fresh perspective on a subject that most people are familiar with, even a little bit? And, above all, will the story transcend time and place so that what is occurring on screen feel like it is happening as we watch it.
Historical characters have always fascinated me because by their nature they are a mixture of fact and embellishment. Legends, famous or infamous are larger than life by definition as are their achievements, adventures or misdeeds mythic. Paradoxically, what roots them in a compelling period story is their humanity.
Here are a few examples: Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens encouraged his younger brother, Henry, to get a job as a steamboat pilot.
Henry was killed when the boiler on board his boat exploded. While hunting in Mississippi during his presidency, Teddy Roosevelt and a few of his men treed a small black bear so that he could take the shot. Roosevelt decided that killing the young, trapped bear was not sporting and spared it.
Cleopatra was the last Queen and the last Pharaoh of Egypt who spoke nine languages and the only Pharaoh who could speak Egyptian. She had four children, one son with Julius Caesar and three children with Mark Antony.
But contrary to legend and the movies, Cleopatra was not very beautiful.
Coins dating back to her time depict a woman with a hooked nose and masculine features.Puritans formed the first formal school in , called the Roxbury Latin School.
Four years later, the first American College was established; Harvard in Cambridge. Children aged attended a "Dame school" where the teacher, who was usually a widow, taught reading.
The Romantic period Another key quality of Romantic writing was its shift from the mimetic, or imitative, assumptions of the Neoclassical era to a new stress on imagination. Middle English drama; The transition from medieval to Renaissance; The Renaissance period: – Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones will lead the cast of the BBC’s new period drama series from the creator of Last Tango In Halifax and Happy Valley..
Gentleman Jack, a co-production between the BBC and HBO, will be created, written and directed by Sally Wainwright.. Suranne Jones has previously worked with Wainwright on the pair’s hit crime drama series Scott & Bailey.
The Renaissance is a period from the 14th to the 17th century, considered the bridge between the Middle Ages and Modern history. It started as a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe.
Have students refer to the time line, Dinosaur Research Starter, Q & A with "Dino" Don, Argentinosaurus, and previously learned facts to create their writing. Allow time for independent research in the library, or use your classroom resource collection.
One of the main things people talk about when discussing writing period drama is the cost of then getting it made and this, plus a number of factors can make period drama frustrating for producers to consider taking on.