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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 4- The audience, Criticism, and free speech 14/02/2008 16:26:00 ← The people who watch • Theatre is a group activity that is designed to be experienced w/ a sea of strangers. • On the contrary, television which is usually watch alone or with family or friends. • Without an audience there an be no theatre • At its most basic, theatre requires someone to walk across an empty space while someone else watches. ← Theatre artist have learned to manipulate their feelings, reactions, and even thoughts. Primarily because of 3 factors: ← ← (1) Group Dynamics: is simply the functioning of humans when they come together into groups. • Studies have show that people act divergently when they are in a group rather than alone. • Even television producers no that we like to be part of a group; so when something funny happens on a sitcom we hear many people laughing at the same time. • Theatres take advantage of group dynamics by selling tickets to seat all audience members next to one another. So the audience will always be sited as a group. Thus they will be influenced by group dynamics. • Theatres reason that if the people around you are enjoying the play you most likely will too. • Some theatres go as far as to paper the house- to give away free tickets to the families and friends of cast members in order to make it appear as though the play is popular. Most likely to happen on an opening night when the critics are viewing the play. • The most famous group dynamics case was when The Beatles visited the US on the Ed Sullivan shown. To sell them to audiences they hired and then filmed young girls fainting during the performance. Soon young women throughout the country were screaming and fainting for the group. (2) Suspending disbelief: the audiences acceptance of the quasi-reality of a work of art that enables the playwright, director, and actors to communicate perceptions about reality; the term was coined by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. •...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course THTR 1009 taught by Professor Lessley,me during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.
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