Theatre Lingo Part 2

ArtZine‘s Lingo series is back! This week, we continue from where we ended in Theatre Lingo – Part One. Happy learning!


Deck: The floor of the stage.

Die: A production is said to die if it fails to please the public. A show or act which fails to draw applause is also said to “die”.

Doubling: One actor taking more than one part in a play.

Downstage: The front of the stage, towards the audience.

Dramaturg: The theatre professional primarily responsible for managing the literary aspects of a play’s production.

Drop: A flat piece of fabric, usually painted for a scenic effect, hung from the fly floor. A “backdrop” would be hung in the farthest upstage position.

Dry: Theatre slang. When an actor “dries,” he/she forgets all lines!


Effects: A spotlight which projects a slide, or a still or moving picture, eg: of rain or clouds, onto the stage or, more usually, the cyclorama.

Exit Line: Last line spoken by an actor before leaving the stage.


Fly Floor: The level above the stage from which drops are hung.

Focus: For an actor or director, the focus in a scene is where the audience should be directing its attention.

Front of House: Generally used to refer to members of the theatre staff and ushers. Often abbreviated as F. O. H. Also used to describe the part of the auditorium that is in front of the proscenium or where the audience is seated.

Foldback: The process of returning the amplified sound to the stage so that the performers can hear themselves. Essential for musical work.

More coming soon on ArtZine’s Theatre Lingo series!

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