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Mime plays


  • Plays or entertainments in which the performers express themselves by mute gestures, often to the accompaniment of music.

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  • Form

    • Mime plays
  • Variants

    • Dumb shows (Mime plays)
    • Mime shows
    • Pantomime plays (Mime plays)
    • Pantomimes (Mime plays)
  • Broader Terms

  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: Sayce, L.I. Three mime plays, c1934:introd. (Movement should be as rhythmic as possible, and synchronization with the beat of the music adds greatly to the success of the mime.) p. 8 (directions for the mime)
    • found: Howard, V.L. Puppet and pantomime plays, 1962.
    • found: Ewert, E.M. A prince shall come : pantomime play, with music and feature dances, ©1933.
    • found: LCSH, Aug. 23, 2018(Pantomime. UF Dumb shows. BT Drama; Musical theater. RT Ballet; Mime. SN Here are entered works on plays or entertainments in which the performers express themselves by mute gestures, often to the accompaniment of music. Collections of pantomimes are entered under Pantomimes.)
    • found: Pavis, P. Dictionary of the theatre, c1998:Mime (Forms of Mime: A mime play builds up a story around a series of gestural episodes, linking up with the narrative structure of comedy or tragedy) Mime Play (Play that uses only the body language of mime. It is, however, to be distinguished from pantomime: "Their starting point was the same, but not their point of arrival: in pantomime, the body was not sufficient in itself, and other elements of the performance were called for; in the mime play, the body is all there is". Today, parts of a spoken drama can become a mime play.)
    • found: The new Penguin dictionary of the theatre, 2001(mime (or dumb show). A form of theatrical performance in which no words are spoken and meaning is conveyed through movement and gesture alone. The modern silent mime show is descended from the commedia dell'arte, which itself borrowed from the Roman tradition)
    • found: Hodgson, T. The drama dictionary, c1988(Dumb show: A dramatic device whereby events in a play are mimed rather than acted out in dialogue; Mime: (b) a silent performance in which the actor, generally working alone with a few simple props, imitates human or animal behaviour by highly skilled and controlled movements of body and face; Pantomime: A silent play using mime, music and spectacle to communicate a mythical story; second form of pantomime was created by John Weaver in 1716; interwove comic, mimed episodes from a Harlequin story with a serious fable, and spiced the result with spectacular stage tricks and transformation scenes; nowadays term refers to the Christmas entertainment which derives from the harlequinade, consisting of fairy tale and burlesque elements, with strong emphasis on spectacle, dance and song)
  • General Notes

    • Plays or entertainments in which the performers express themselves by mute gestures, often to the accompaniment of music.
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    • 2018-08-24: new
    • 2018-11-07: revised
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