Media Studies

  • noun a short dramatic entertainment, usually comic, that follows the performance of a play


  • A brief play, often a farce, offered as comic relief aftera full-length tragedy in the 18th-century British theater. Those whowished to see only the afterpiece were usually charged half-price.It tended to appeal to the less sophisticated part of the audience.One theater-goer in 1806 was amazed to see a play go "eightand twenty nights without the buttress of an afterpiece".