Should theater be an area of amusement, learning or merely an artist’s fascination? What’s the intention behind the theatre? Yes, it is a question, and perhaps it ought to stay rhetorical. In a previous post for Noises Off Dan Hutton implied that pupil theater ought to be somewhere to challenge and experimentation with no constraints and pressures of this business. Hutton used manager Marianne Elliot’s superb quotation that theater shouldn’t be “run-of-the-mill”. This is supposed to be viewed as a provocation. Buck up and be “something… slightly different”.
This provocation, but has obviously been waylaid in attaining the ears of The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ co-director Cassey Elizabeth North. Throughout the conversation of her show yesterday, she distracted the inquiries of possible feminist interpretations by announcing”theater does not always need to be about getting something to say”. The response from those present explained that it all. Afterward, North clarified the practice of creating the piece saying “if something did not get the job done, we left it to work”. If, as I have understood it,” the notion of theatre-making of North would be to direct force, until it returns for co-director Joshua Patel and her bending the job, then we’re in a pitiful state of affairs.
Theatre must have a goal, it cannot only be for the sake of theatre we’ll be creating dumb, self-indulgent and boring work time. Theatre, whether it was planned by us or not, would have something to say as the manufacturer has chosen to utilize the medium. Theatre by definition is to get a viewer, the objective is to co-exist at an area shared between viewers and manufacturers. There needs to be. If you are making as North indicated you should not try to drive it, and it doesn’t operate it doesn’t belong. This brings up the question of who you’re currently creating the item for the crowd? Then certainly you’ve got duty for the audience to take it is not currently functioning, if it does not work. To not “make it work” against all chances.
If you are making work with no viewer in your mind what is the point? Theatre-makers, actors or directors, have a duty. Everything, every-little-thing things. That means you may believe your theater is produced to say, whether or not it succeeds and you may create your bit work, but we, as if the crowd, will react. Why? As you won’t need an audience forgot to make the crowd at the first location theater. Theatre can’t exist without a viewer.