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Words used to describe performers or performances

all-star

adjective

containing only very famous or very good performers or sports players

bankable

adjective

a bankable actor or performer is very popular, and therefore likely to make a film or show a financial success

blinder

noun

a very impressive performance. To play a blinder is to play very well in a game.

debut

adjective

a debut CD, appearance, novel etc is the first that a performer, sports player, writer etc makes

evergreen

adjective

used about performers, songs, and other people or things that have been popular and successful for a long time

guest

adjective

appearing by invitation to perform at an event

interpretative

adjective

relating to how you explain or understand something, or how you perform a piece of music, a part in a play etc

interpretive

adjective

interpretative

live

adjective

a live performance is given before an audience

live

adjective

a live recording is made during a performance and not in a studio

live

adverb

if something is performed live, it is performed before an audience

live

adverb

if something is recorded live, it is recorded during a concert and not in a studio

off-screen

adjective, adverb

in the real life of an actor

offstage

adjective, adverb

used for describing what an actor is really like, when they are not acting in a play or film

rendering

noun

the way a piece of music, poem, film, play etc is performed

rendition

noun

a particular way of performing a song, poem, piece of music etc

schtick

noun

the type of humour that a particular comedian uses

solo

adjective

performing alone, not as part of a band, orchestra etc

stagey

another spelling of stagy

stagy

adjective

not natural, like the performance of a bad actor

stand-up

adjective

consisting of one person standing in front of an audience and entertaining them by telling jokes

stellar

adjective

a stellar performance, achievement, piece of work etc is extremely good

straight

adjective

a straight actor or entertainer is one who only performs serious parts

straight

adjective

straight entertainment is serious and not humorous

underrated

adjective

if a person or thing is underrated, especially a performer, writer, or sports player, most people do not recognize how good that person or thing really is

unmissable

adjective

a film, play etc that is unmissable is so good that you think everyone should see it

virtuoso

noun

used for describing a performance or a performer

weak

adjective

a weak player, performer etc is one who is not good at playing, performing etc

wooden

adjective

an actor who is wooden does not express enough emotion in their performance

interpretatively

adverb

in the round

performed on a stage surrounded by an audience

on the road

if entertainers are on the road, they are travelling to many different places to perform

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