Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term asides.

On asides’s official page, we define the term as a remark made by a character directly to the audience that is not heard by the other characters onstage. But now we want to know what the term asides means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever seen a particularly memorable aside in a show? Was it a Shakespeare play or something else?

— How did this potent aside impact your perception of the character? Did you like him more or less?

— Do you have any funny anecdotes about wishing you could deliver an aside in real life?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term asides, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor