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WHY STUDY THEATRE?
There are at least FOUR reasons why people study theatre
Theatre is a liberal art.
As a liberal art, theatre helps us understand the world and our place in it.
"All the world's a stage; and all men and women merely players..." (Shakespeare 1599)
As a liberal art, theatre reflects and possibly affects society’s view of the world.
"A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen in 1879 caused controversy because it showed a married woman leaving her husband and children for self-independence.
Theatre is a social force.
It has been praised and condemned at the same time because it teaches, it reflects on and influences social and moral values. It questions people’s beliefs, practices, actions, ways of thinking, and behaviors.
Theatre is also the oldest profession... after prostitution.
Plays introduce all sort of subjects matters. They speak about moral and religious issues but also challenge the way we think, we feel, we behave. The way we believe and even the way we are.
Plays can be about life, death, love, greed, sex, marriage, happiness, racism, and more.
Theatre is a personal force.
It requires commitment, teamwork, community, personal satisfaction, builds and develops character and interpersonal skills, requires creativity and critical thinking, and it is part of a life-long learning process.
Theatre is an art form.
Theatre can be seen as a "pretty object" because it involves many dramatic and technical elements:
Lights, costumes, sets, makeup, dancing, music, animation, singing, design and more.
Sets and costumes can be pretty and glamorous
Lighting and design can be spectacular and breathtaking
Animation can be magical and superb.
Dancing can be inspirational and entertaining.
People study theatre for FOUR reasons: 1. Theatre is a liberal art 2. Theatre is a social force 3. Theatre is a personal force 4. Theatre is an art form