Entertaining is a broad term that encompasses a variety of entertaining activities or exercises. Entertainment is, in fact, a broad category of human activities that provide enjoyment and excitement to an audience or holds an audience’s interest. It can be a single activity or idea, however, is more often likely to be either one of those activities or events which have developed over thousands upon thousands of years especially for the specific purpose of maintaining an entertained audience’s interest. These types of activities or exercises may take many forms. For example:
Entertaining can take the form of the performing arts. This can include dance, music, drama, comedy and other forms of entertainment. In the past, most forms of entertainment were performed by the common person either in a small private home or in small theatres known as “the box”. The mass media entertainment that we enjoy today began to develop and flourish during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, especially when film and the motion picture industry developed.
The development of the motion picture and the development of cinema combined with the success of popular theatrical productions such as “The Lion King” and “Wedding Bride” initiated new kinds of entertainment. The first major development of new types of live entertainment took place at the amateur theatre in London, England, where acting plays and other dramatic presentations were done using non-stage props. These theatrical productions were called “public entertainments” or “ambulance theatre”. From there, the development of professional dramatic presentations and live entertainment took off in earnest. Professional theatre performers began to be billed as “entertainers” and their live performances were advertised in newspapers and theatres. Later this became the stage name for modern day popular theatre entertainers such as Elvis Presley, Simon Cowell, Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga and numerous others.
Entertainers such as jugglers and magicians were touted as “entertainers” too. The development of modern day commercial entertainment and mass media entertainment has seen such names as Martha Stewart, Dancing with the Stars, and American Idol. The most popular form of entertainment in the UK is theatre. As you can see, the history of live entertainment has always had a hand in shaping the modern day of entertainment in the UK and indeed around the world.
So if you’re wondering what kind of entertainment you can expect from a production of ‘Wedding Bride’ or ‘Lion King’, you’ll have to look a little further into the future to find out. The history of live entertainment in the UK and indeed around the world can be traced back to many different origins including the emergence of the first ever performing arts in the late eighteen hundreds, to the start of popular music in the mid-nineteen hundreds, and to the present day development of video games and the emerging video game industry. Video games are the modern day equivalent of musical theatre and video phones. They have taken over much of the communications world including mobile phone providers in some areas and can now be found on many household electronic devices. Video games provide entertainment that goes well beyond playing a game or watching a film, as video games can tell a story in a variety of ways.
With so many different forms of entertainment available, one would have to ask, where is the dividing line between music and other forms of entertainment? It seems that, like the evolution of modern day live theatre, video games and radio programming is becoming more indistinguishable from each other. As the internet becomes more widely available to more people around the world, the idea of being entertained anywhere at any time will become more common place. As the world becomes more connected, communication will no longer be a one-way street and will instead become a two-way street where entertainment can cross borders and thrive on the internet as well as in the physical world.