The Grande Royeaux Theater is an important asset to Orlesian culture and politics located in Val Royeaux.

Background Edit

The sphere of theater, and thus the goings-on in one of the Orlais' most prestigious establishments, is a close reflection the political climate of the country. Many a social scandal will even find itself immortalized as a play.[1]

Before the rule of Empress Celene, artistic expression in theater was often stunted by the Chantry or the current ruler. At one point, any work performed had to be approved by both. [2] A particularly popular one to use as an allegory, Les Trois Soeurs, has in the past been banned tree times. [3]

Though theatrical works reflect central themes of Orlesian culture, such as disdain towards Fereldens and reverence for Kordilius Drakon, a few striking contrasts can also be found. In a country where The Grand Game can be a matter of life and death, a character's importance to the play and gender is clearly defined by the appearance of their mask, an article which once donned, is understood to be absolutely them.[4] Elves have also done well in the theaters of Orlais, and are not only allowed to hold main parts and play humans but also can socially progress upon becoming famous.

Involvement Edit

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: The Masked Empire.

Celene attends a performance at the Grande Royeaux Theater along with her champion. The play, commissioned by Gaspard and his cronies, is a satire depicting Celene as an Andraste who forgets her purpose through her passion for an elf, Shartan, and whose mistakes can only be rectified by Maferath, with Shartan and Maferath thinly veiled references to Briala and Gaspard, respectively. In her booth Celene speaks with Remache, who explains that he arranged for the changes to the script that would publicly humiliate Celene using threats and coercion and that no evidence of his involvement will be found.

Notes Edit

  • Wintersend, celebrated at the beginning of Pluitanis, is a holiday that has become a day for trade, theater, and, in some areas, the arrangement of marriages.[5]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Codex entry: A Season of the Four Afoul
  2. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 164
  3. Codex entry: Legend of the Three Sisters: Book 3
  4. Codex entry: A Compendium of Orlesian Theater
  5. Calendar
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