Quiz: How well do you know your theatre terminology?

Are you up with all the ‘theatrical lingo’?

Take our quiz to see how well you know your ghost light from your spot light and your chickens from your chookas.

Leave a comment to let us know how you go!

Q 1. What is a Dry Tech?

A technical rehearsal without performers

A type of costume that draws sweat away from the skin

A rehearsal with out any alcohol

A technical rehearsal with out sound

Q 2. How long before the start of a show is the Five Minute Call?

Ten Minutes

Two Minutes

Five Minutes

Fifteen Minutes

Q 3. What would be referred to as cans?

Part of the ensemble girls’ anatomy



Something your soup comes in

Q 4. If an actor is said to have 'corpsed' they have...

Forgotten their lines

Previously played a dead character

Burst into laughter

Frozen with stage fright

Q 5. In a theatre, what is know as the Rag?

The towel a performer keeps on the side of the stage

The newspaper with reviews of the show

The red carpet at opening night

The stage curtain

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Q 6. Where is Prompt Side in a theatre?

The stage management office

Stage right

Stage left

Where the professional line prompter sits

Q 7. An actor is said to be 'Off Book' if they...

Are being paid cash in hand

Know their lines with out looking at a script

Are drunk. "Wow James was totally off book at the pub last night".

Improvising instead of following the script

Q 8. What is a Sitzprobe?

A rehearsal with the orchestra and performers specifically focussed on the music

A debrief conducted after the final performance of a show

An early rehearsal used to probe into the situations explored in the show

Part of the audition process

Q 9. What is a Triple Threat?

A rare disease that only affects singers

A performer who can Act, Sing and Dance

A day with three performances

A theatrical device used to confuse the audience, particularly in a thriller

Q 10. Which play is know at 'The Scottish Play'?



King Lear

Train Spotting

Q 11. It is bad luck to whistle in a theatre. Why?

The sound frequency travels a long way and can be heard clearly on stage

Sopranos can become annoyed if they are not the highest sound in the building

Traditionally whistling was used as a signal to start a scene change

Everybody finds whistling annoying!

Q 12. What is the traditional way of wishing an actor good luck in Australia?

Into the mouth of the wolf

Break a leg

Try not to stuff it up... this time!


Q 13. What is a Ghost Light?

A light that is left on stage turned on when the theatre is dark

A bright spotlight that makes an actor look ghostly white

A light that produces a large shadow behind an actor

The light that hangs above stage door

Theatrical Know-It-All

Congratulations! You know your way around a theatre and would be more than comfortable propping up the bar at a Thirsty Thursdays.

You're a Leading Player!

You've definitely stood at stage door to meet one of your favourite performers at least once and have belted out Nessun Dorma / recited Shakespeare to unsuspecting relatives / practiced your bevel at SOME point in your life.

I did a little theatre, once...

You did a musical once at uni, because you had a crush on that person you say next to in Stats and they were doing it.

They turned out to be way too theatrical!

Theatrical what?

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