Melodrama outline The Victorian stage melodrama featured a small amount of characters: the hero, the villain, the heroine, an old man, an old woman, a comic man and a comic woman who all create love and murder. Often the good but not very clever hero is stopped by a scheming villain, who has usually wants the damsel in distress until fate is paid at the end to create a happy ending of good over evil.
Comedy • Comedies were created for laughs. • There were always skits through out the play to cheer up the audience if a tragic event had just happened. • They were sometimes crude and rude. • Comedies also use to mock events or famous people. • They also tend to mock society. • The dumb servant would play the humors character
Tragedy • They were very brutal. • They were very sad and always ended bad. • They always involve the villain. • The villain is always defeated. • Somebody always dies. • People died in brutal ways e.g. shot, buried alive starved. The Villain and side kick always play the murders.
Bibliography • http://www.victorianweb.org/\ • http://mural.uv.es/sanesca/paperiii. By Billie Pedersen
By Tessa Barnett Animal • Animal Melodramas feature the animal as the heroic part, such as, Lassie and The Wizard of Oz. • They were preformed in the nineteenth century era. • Actors and actresses who worked in theatre with dogs were known as “dog Hamlets”.
Animal Melodramas were often very enthusiastic with their partners. • Groups of three were often used as main characters – two people + animal – the animal was mostly the hero while the two people were villain and his sidekick.
Nautical Drama By Tessa O’Brien
Information • Nautical drama was aimed more at the Gothic scene. • The Nautical melodrama reached its peak in the 1820's, although productions of them continued throughout the century. • The most famous playwright was Douglas Jerrold, who wrote quite a lot of nautical melodramas. E.g. Black Ey'd Susan, which was first performed in 1829. • Uses a ‘pinafore’ effect. • Described as witty parody, and is known and used in theatre now days.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melodrama • http://www.hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk/MultimediaStudentProjects/99-00/9702981a/mmcourse/project/html/nautical.htm • http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-nz&um=1&sa=1&q=nautical+melodrama+pictures • http://www.ask.com/bar?q=what+is+nautical+melodrama&page=1&qsrc=0&ab=6&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.includipedia.com%2Fwiki%2FMelodrama