Melodrama is:

1. A dramatic template for devising theatre pieces based on a triangular relationship of oppressor, oppressed and liberator (as in villain, victim and hero).

2. A nave, exaggerated, grotesque universe where extremes of good and evil do battle, and nightmares are made of the musicality of everything.

3. An opportunity for actors to explore the limits of their expressive powers while maintaining a core of sincerity.

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Jonathan Paul Cook 2010