Comedy

Comedy is, by its nature, highly contextual, it must constantly adapt to changes in the cultural milieu in which it works. Comedy also relies on newness and surprise more heavily than other art forms – some jokes just aren’t funny after the first or second time one hears them. As a result, new forms and styles emerge constantly, just as older forms fall out of favour and are abandoned.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction

Melodrama

Melodrama was the dominant dramatic form of the nineteenth century, c. 1810-1860, having grown out of Gothic drama. The French revolution’s iconic moment – the storming of the Bastille (1789) – provided Gothic drama with its most potent image: the castle as prison to be broken open. Melodrama repudiated literature: it was a genre of performance.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction