Directorial Concepts!
Directorial Concepts!
What’s that?!
• When you Direct a play you must think of
the following…
• What is your focus going to be?
• Where are you setting it?
• How you going to connect to a modern
• How are you going to make it different?
• As a director you may want to stage
your play in a CLASSIC setting or a
MODERN setting.
• You may want to focus on one of the
themes e.g. Family, Conflict, Gods etc
• You may want to think about HOW
you are going to stage it!
Proscenium Arch
A stage where the
audience sits on one
side only is called a
proscenium stage (you
might know this as
end-on staging). The
audience faces one
side of the stage
directly, and normally
sits at a lower height.
Theatre in the Round
An in-the-round
stage is positioned at
the centre of the
audience - ie there is
audience around the
whole stage. This type
of stage creates quite
an intimate
atmosphere, and is
good for drama that
needs audience
Avenue Theatre
A stage where the
audience sits on two
sides is called an
Avenue stage (or
Traverse). Again, this
type of stage is good
for creating an
intimate atmosphere.
Other ways to stage…
• Thrust Theatre
• Promenade
• Site Specific
Various Stage Productions
around the world…
Where are you setting it?
Post 9/11 – pre 9/11?
Nazi Germany?
Unnamed country?
Theatre Arts
• Think about…
• Lighting: colours (gels), back lighting,
strobe etc
• Costume: Period? Style? Colours?
• Mask: Yes? No?
• Music: Music adds great affect – where
can you add music into the text to create
atmosphere or build tension?
Remember you are the
DIRECTOR! Be interesting!
Be daring! Be Bold! BUT
READ the question at least three times
Underline KEY words
Separate the question into the A section and B section
Make a plan
INTRODUCTION – explain what you are going to do i.e re-word
the question. Give a full explanation of any of the key words that
you will be attempting to justify.
M E G – Make a point, exemplify the point and give a quote to back
it up (stage directions are acceptable)
At the end of each paragraph, re-state the question and the point
you are making
DO NOT – simply re-tell the story, make up quotes, repeat
previous quotes unless you are making a different point
ALWAYS – sum up your findings – re-word question and justify how
you have answered
What do you think is the dramatic
purpose of the opening in your set
text? As a director, how would you
communicate this dramatic purpose to
an audience?
• Working with a partner, construct an essay plan
on the above question, using textual references to
justify your answer.
The Dramatic purpose could include the following:
setting the scene, character development, providing
backstory, exploration of two contrasting characters,
introducing key themes and issues, introducing how two
characters in the excerpt feel about the character of
Creon. As a director you choose where to focus your
purpose but you must justify! You can use the
structural devices/concepts below to help communicate
your purpose.
Acting techniques and rehearsal process
Theatre Arts
Directorial Concept
Use of language