dumbshow


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dumbshow

(ˈdʌmˌʃəʊ)
n
1. (Theatre) a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama
2. meaningful gestures; mime
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Laurence Oliviers 1955 film of Richard III took a similar approach to giving visual form to the princes' murder by shooting it as a dumbshow with Tyrrell's soliloquy spoken as a voice-over.
Considering that Peter's speech states that the King will walk with him to visit the Stations after his return from Bedlem and Nazareth, the King could have performed some sort of dumbshow, going through the motions of his pilgrimage, before Peter took him through the Stations, no doubt with explication that is missing from the manuscript (lines 1845-50).
Referring to the show that begins The Bloody Banquet, Julia Gasper and Gary Taylor assert that "Here as in other plays, the long stage direction describing a dumbshow is, in the printed or manuscript text, placed before the speech which explains the mimed action.
Also in this series will be Handheld Arts with Gated Community, a twisted cautionary tale inspired by The Wicker Man; Electric Dreams by Dumbshow Theatre, a story of political intrigue and forgotten memories; and Me and Mr C, in which comedian Gary Kitching uses a ventriloquist's dummy to explore the workings of his critical inner voice.
After a brief pantomime of amused outrage, the gentlemen fell back on dumbshow.
Only by reading them retrospectively do we understand how they reenact the dumbshow that follows immediate sorrow, how we struggle to turn confusion into coherence.
The banquet here is the play; it is also an allegorical masque--as Tragedie terms it--or dumbshow of the murder:
Piotr and Oleg performed these actions with the opaque certainty of a novelty grandfather clock's hourly dumbshow.
At Drury Lane, the reliance on dumbshow, silencing both Siddons and Kemble who were renowned for their sonorous declamatory style, rendered the ending of The Stranger more ambiguous.
17) On the dumbshow, the popularity of mute characters on the Romantic-period stage and the seminal importnce of Holcroft's Francisco, see Michael R.
Are we to assume that the Globe audience would have felt offended by her comment, more than, say, her dismissal of her English suitor as a dumbshow with awful taste in clothes?
H]e displayed, in dumbshow, certain Indian people, in certain places, wearing certain clothing and wielding certain objects--all to make points about their usefulness to an English plan of colonization.