Definition of amateur dramatics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


amateur dramatics

BrE BrE//ˌæmətə drəˈmætɪks//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæmətər drəˈmætɪks//
; BrE BrE//ˌæmətʃə drəˈmætɪks//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæmətʃər drəˈmætɪks//
(North American English community theatre) [uncountable] (British English) Types of play, Hobbies
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the activity of producing and acting in plays for the theatre, by people who do it for enjoyment, not as a job See related entries: Types of play, Hobbies Culture Amateur dramatics (informally known as am-dram) is very popular in Britain, where there are many amateur dramatics clubs, even in small towns and villages, and most schools and universities have them. They perform plays for local people, charging them a small amount in order to pay for the costumes, hall, etc. People who do amateur dramatics are often very enthusiastic, but not always very good actors.

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