Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre.


Involves the goal of creating, an illusion of real life on stage. Involves deep, three dimensional, realistic character, detailed, non exotic settings. As realistic as possible, so no magic, spoken in prose etc. Plots are realistic involving physical dangers as part of the play.


Style of comedy, involves improbable and ridiculous situations, disguise, mistaken identity, verbal humour and fast paced plot which gradually increase; usually culminating in a fast chase scene at the end. The Comedy of errors by Shakespeare and Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese are good examples.