Why Does Theatre Survive Essay

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Why does theatre survive? 3rd term acting studies essay by Ralph Gassmann "All the world's a stage…" to quote the world's most famous playwright William Shakespeare who rose to prominence in the 16th century during the reign of Elizabeth I, and who's plays have excited and obsessed the generations since and will doubtless continue to do so as we approach the 2nd millennium. On this stage the actor represents the symbol of man with all his imperfection and weakness, with all his morals and ideals. Theatre provides us with a mirror of the society within which we live in and where the conflicts we experience in life are acted out on stage before us. In the space of a few hours, we participate in a story where the facets of life …show more content…
And so is the theatre: If comedy is the form in which we see the weakness and faults of others and accept them, then tragedy is the form in which we see ourselves and hopefully try to change. In both forms, we learn in an entertaining way something of the road to survival - in comedy we learn compromise, and in tragedy we learn what happens when there is no space for compromise. But it is not only the form, it is also the artists who create the form, artists with extraordinary energy without which there would be not any theatre. All actors strive naturally for fame, and applause is the recognition they receive for a job well done. However the true actor is a person who is possessed by the basic need to act, whatever the role, be it Hamlet or a tramp in the street. This need is an intrinsic part of his/her personality, an inborn urge and desire - and the courage - to become, for that brief moment in time, another human being. Playwrights and directors are artists who interpret the world they live in trough theatre and give the actor, as the creator, the basic material to work with. These people will always find a way to express themselves through the art of acting and therefore guarantee the continuance of theatre in whatever form it may take. The history of theatre is testament to this; even when theatres and stages were closed down not so very long time ago, the actors always found a niche in society and remained unsuppressable. Which ever form of theatre we

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