Brecht vs. Stanislavski Essay

1063 Words May 18th, 2013 5 Pages
Brecht Vs. Stanislavski.

To move away from naturalism Brecht methods differs from Stanislavski's in many ways. In order to achieve a un-natiuralistic performance and create an audience that are critical on the play rather than be emotionally attached to the play. Some of these differences between the two practitioner's methods that create these two opposite effects are; Events being episodic, Where the actors go and having a 4th wall.

The two practitioners play about with the order of the events during the play, whether they are episodic or linear. Brecht chose to order his events episodically, meaning that the book may not follow on from the previous scene, but jump about in time. This could be done through flashbacks, snippets of
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To us what's onstage is happening now, and Nora is a real person who has just walked out on her husband.
Brecht's plays on the other hand followed rules of their own, not necessarily rules of life. Our lives aren't played out of sync, they happen one even after another, yet Brecht would jumble up scenes, go on to another story or start with the end and tell the story backwards. As this is not what happens in life, it is harder for an audience member to get drawn into the play so much that they believe it is real. Brecht took the point of making the play look like a play even further than just addressing the audience directly. He made it so the actors acted as people acting the characters. He had them multi-role, stay on stage at all times, and not necessarily drop out of character after their scene, but 'release' their character so they become 'An Actor' on the stage in front of the audience when they are not needed. He had the actors use their bodies as props, so that the audience would not be tricked into thinking the set was an actual place, and also as a reminder about creativity and abstract drama. It was all about not having real rooms, real time or real characters. Having the actors on the stage all the time is a constant reminder to the audience that this is

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