The Unnatural Theatre

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The struggle with theatre, as Peter Brook remarked in his lecture 'The Deadly Theatre' in his book The Empty Space (1968) is the difficulty for an actor to expose their feelings. Richard Schechner believes that 'excellence in art is, ultimately, a function of wholeness as a human being'. He agrees with Peter Brook in the sense that actors who are given no room for improvisation are saying their lines correctly but as a result there is no spark and the performance becomes dull. Brook identifies an actor often as a deadly actor due to the nature of the acting process. Exploring the idea of the theatre of imitation this essay will look at how predisposed expectations consequences in actors not being given enough opportunities to look at a…show more content…
The directors contribute in creating this response from the spectators, they continue to do what previous audiences had originally loved. They believe that this must be the correct way to perform a play and lack any creativity to change it. 'The Deadly Theatre' shows that both actors and directors do not invent any new ideas, they both rely on what they have done previously. Argument It is noticeable that the more an actor has to repeat themselves the original excitement is gradually lost which is why I agree with Brook. The human connection between the actor and the spectator is what is most important in terms of this argument, the actor should be able to discover the emotions of their character on their own. Brook decided to steer away from using conventional methods of acting and instead replaced it with a performance which would use physical elements 'shifting emphasis from oration to action'. In Brook's famous production King Lear his intention with theatre was emphasised through the performance, he wanted the acting to be believable. He moved away from theatre that imitated reality and instead produced something which wasn't so engrossed in creating a spectacle. He didn't want theatre to just produce reality because then the piece would have no further goal and that would be its only aim. Brook encouraged his actors to delve deeper into a text and to think more critically. However, many practitioners
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