In-Yer-Face Theatre Scene Analysis

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It offends today, but we look harder and we know, it will not offend tomorrow.

Having commented upon how the In-Yer-Face term came to be and how the phrase changed over time, it will be mentioned at this point how this theatre scene developed its place since it was first recognized by the public.
In-yer-face theatre always shocks audiences by its language and images; unsettles them by its emotional frankness and disturbs them by its questioning of moral norms. Most in-yer-face plays are not interested in showing events in a detached way and allowing audiences to speculate about them; instead, they are experiential - they want audiences to feel the extreme emotions that are being shown on stage.
Although the rise of in-yer-face theatre …show more content…

He also does not forget to mention that the impact this play made can safely be compared to the infamous John Osborne’s ‘kitchen-sink drama’ Look Back in Anger with its premiere in 1956. Thanks to the scenes of sexual abuse and cannibalism, as well as its language it was quickly attacked by the critics. Sierz also notes, their message was clear: “Even though it was both shockingly radical and unsettling, the following uproar demonstrated that theatre could be highly provocative and controversial.” The impact this play has made at the time of its release showed authors new ways of exploring topics, perhaps even taboos, which with today’s perspective we could say became a new standard. Harte contrasts with this idea by his own comparison of In-Yer-Face with history, saying: “Just as the origins of provocative and confrontational theatre can be found in the theories of Alfred Jarry and Antonin Artaud, at the start of the 20th century, so it was that in the 1990s it gradually became the dominant style of much new …show more content…

The ‘hot’ theatre is usually the smaller performance with more limited audience. It uses more open aggression with the aim to make the experience unforgettable using the aesthetics of extremism. The ‘cool’ theatre on the other hand, uses aggressive and extreme emotions but it is eased up with a clever combination of distancing devices. These devices can be larger audiences or the use of more traditional structures, although the comedy is considered as the most effective distancing device. “It can sometimes defuse an emotionally fraught situation. After all, a common reaction to terror is either to ignore it or to laugh at

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