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 rehearsal with out any alcohol

A technical rehearsal without performers

A type of costume that draws sweat away from the skin

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?

Something your soup comes in

Part of the ensemble girls’ anatomy



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

Frozen with stage fright

Previously played a dead character

Forgotten their lines

Burst into laughter

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 stage curtain

The red carpet at opening night

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Q 6. Where is Prompt Side in a theatre?

Where the professional line prompter sits

Stage left

Stage right

The stage management office

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

Improvising instead of following the script

Are being paid cash in hand

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

Know their lines with out looking at a script

Q 8. What is a Sitzprobe?

Part of the audition process

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

Q 9. What is a Triple Threat?

A day with three performances

A rare disease that only affects singers

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

A performer who can Act, Sing and Dance

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

Train Spotting


King Lear


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

Everybody finds whistling annoying!

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

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

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


Break a leg

Into the mouth of the wolf

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

Q 13. What is a Ghost Light?

The light that hangs above stage door

A bright spotlight that makes an actor look ghostly white

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

A light that produces a large shadow behind an actor

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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