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Theatre Conventions

What makes theatre, theatre...

Lydia Coats

on 29 August 2016

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Transcript of Theatre Conventions

What makes a performance?
We say...
Purposes of Theatre
Theatrical Conventions
New York City
What do you think?
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
(cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr
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(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Why do we watch?
Why do we create?
Where is it going?
2500 years of history...
Realistic Setting
Realistic Time
Common Language
Characters are only human or god-like
Spectacle & Music
Yes to most-
Music & Spectacle
What about Time and Setting?
What is the fourth wall?
What are visual elements?
but some are different...
How do we play with time?
How do we play with location?
Fourth Wall
How do we interact with the audience?
Visual Elements
How do we treat equiptment that we require for the production but are not part of the world of the performance?
One last concept...
Suspension of Disbelief
an idea that means the audience must believe that the performance is the actual event that it represents. The more real seeming are actors, setting, and story, the more likely the audience can become immersed in the experience.
Theatre Organization
Professional Theatres employ many people to direct, create, and oversee the production of a show. Most are organized like this...
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