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    Random Glossary Entry

    ACTION PROP
    A hand-held practical prop used by an actor for combat or for a specific purpose.


    Random Glossary Entry

    GRAPEVINE
    The theatre community is very close, and news/rumours often spread via unofficial routes. This so-called GRAPEVINE means that people are often well-informed about latest news. It is also very important to make a good impression on everyone you meet in the business, as bad impressions will be spread around the grapevine very quickly. Modern tools such as Twitter have made the grapevine even more widely spread, and great care must be taken to not publish anything on Twitter that you wouldn't say to someones face.


    Random Glossary Entry

    FRENCH SCENE
    A scene division within a play marked (as in French drama) by the entrance / exit of an actor. These divisions can be useful in splitting up rehearsal schedules, and for marking lighting changes etc.


    Random Glossary Entry

    DIM OUT
    Reduction of lighting level for a scene change, that isn't quite a BLACKOUT.


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