Chap1 - Chapter 1: The Nature of Theatre Oscar Brockett...

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Chapter 1: The Nature of Theatre Origins in ritual practices Theatre as a form is at least 2500 years old Authors of The Essential Theatre, Eighth Edition
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The role/function of Theatre in society has fluctuated over time Examples: Theatre as religious activity Theatre as traveling performance Theatre as entertainment The value and respectability of Theatre has been a matter of debate Examples: Theatre forbidden/banned as a form of lying Theatre as a truthful reflection of human behavior
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1. What is the role/function of Theatre in your society today? 2. How does live Theatre performance differ from mediated performance forms such as film and television? 3. Do you consider Theatre to be a form of lying or a reflection of truth? Why? What do YOU think?
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The Basic Elements of Theatre 3 Basic Elements of Theatre: (1) What is Performed (2) The Performance (3) The Audience The most basic definition of theatre is: someone performing something for someone else. A performs B for C (Eric Bentley)
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What is Performed Many types of activities may be considered Theatre What is the essence of theatrical performance? Possibilities: The staged performance of a text Storytelling Entertainment such as juggling or improvisation Since Theatre has a broad range of possibilities, the essence of What is Performed is difficult to define Therefore Theatre , as a performing art, is difficult to define
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The Performance Key Components of the Performance include: Performance Space
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