Community theatreare/is performances that highlight certain issue that could be local, nationaland even international. One of the key features of community theatre is thepurpose. The purpose of a performance could be to educate people on a certaintopic like teen pregnancy, effects of drugs, racism.
Another key feature ofcommunity theatre are themes. Themes help support the purpose around the playso it gives people a better understanding of the message behind theperformance. A important part of community theatre is the audience. Withcertain themes and purposes of a performances the target audience needsappropriate as if its a performances about violence it wont be appropriate for children as it may upset them.
In community theatre. In preparation for performing to different audiences theydirector’s have to take things into consideration like, if they are preformingto a younger audience will it be appropriate and does clearly show the messageof the performance so that the younger audience will clearly understand.Another thing to take into consideration is that will the piece to dark andemotional for certain members of the audience and if so are there ways to toneit down or is the purpose of the performance have to be very dark andemotional. They also need to make sure they are giving out a positive andcorrect message to their audience as they don’t want to promote any unpleasantthemes. A final thing they may have to take into consideration is do they wantthe audience involved in the performance.
This idea was used by Augusto Boalwho thinks that the audience should become active in a performance. One of thepurposes of community theatre is to explore different social, cultural andeconomic values. One of these is social cohesion. Social cohesion by definition”is defined as a cohesive society that works towards the well being off all itsmembers.
Fights, exclusion and marginalisation. Creates a sense ofbelonging”(wikiprogress 21 feb 2011). The affects of community theatre onyounger people is to educate them and growing and existing problems that arehappening not just in their local area but around the world. This will helpthem later on in life so they can also educate people on the lessons they havelearnt. How community theatre can impact the local area as a whole is byeducating them on issues or they could just be simply promoting things likecultural diversity. Another way community helps younger people is that it couldinspire them to get a job doing community. One example ofcommunity theatre is a musical called cuncrete.
This show takes the ideas ofarchitecture and idealism. It is a musical and the songs performed have a punkaspect to them which “fully supports their billing as anti-virtuoso but alsoprovides a intense background noise that helps carry forward a sneeringscript”(Andrew Forbes). The focus of the performance is the housing crisis andit takes stabs at the Wests dominant ideology of capitalism. The targetaudience for this would be between 25-40. This performance wouldn’t beappropriate for a younger audience as the ideas and purpose would be to complexfor them as it involves very political opinion on how the world works. Thisperformance is a musical and the songs help with setting the tone of theperformance as it is punk and it would help to explain to the ideas and purposeof the performance. The purpose of this performance is to teach people abouthow the world works and that capitalism can be a negative idea and the westneed to change their ideology. One of the issues in this performance is thehousing crisis that is currently in England and how that much isn’t being doneabout it.
The moral message of the performance is that the government needs tochange how they are going about certain issue’s like the housing crisis. Theneeds audience have been met by the performance giving them a compelling storyand giving out a message to them that society is ran by capitalism and that itneeds to change. It did this by performing as a musical so that the songs helpclarify what is happening in the story. This story explores economic values ofthe main ideas of government’s in the west and their use of capitalism. Thisperformance has lots to do with the economy and politics. I think theperformance is trying to teach people about what is happening in the world andi think it achieves this by having a good storyline and generally goodperformance which displays this message.
It reviews how the government is goingabout certain issues in the country and how it effects the people in thecountry. I think this performance links with augusto as he liked to involvepolitics in his performances. Another example ofcommunity theatre is great expectations. The performance is about a young boynamed pip who grew up as a son of a blacksmith and has a terrible earlier life.
The performance shows pips development throughout his life deciding on the bestcourse of action to win the heart of Estella. The focus of great expectationsis life choices and how people grow up into something they would of dreamed ofbeing. The target audience for this performance would be suitable for teens andthe elderly as it can give life lessons to a person of how to better ones self.The purpose of this performance is to show development in peoples lives and thejourney throughout. It also shows you us that money doesn’t make people happyespecially if you look at the character of Miss Havisham. One of the manythemes in this performance is redemption from sin. This is shown through thecharacter of Magwitch who at the start of the story was a escaped convict wholater turned out to be the character who saved pip from being stuck as ablacksmith. Another theme is wealth and how it can help people or corrupt them.
Wealth helping people is shown through pips character as the money helps himescape a life of poverty and despair. On the other hand money corrupted MissHavisham by making her into a dark twisted character. The needs of the audiencehave been met by the actors giving out a well made performance that gives theaudience a dark, dramatic and creepyview on this performance whilst and bringing the story to life with talentedacting.
This performance does explore a lot of economic and cultural values andit presents lots of disputes, crime, class and status. One of the economicvalues is that money can help or corrupt people. As this was wrote in theVictorian era this problem is very much greater in the present day. Class isvery clearly shown in this performance with pips family being lower class andstruggling to get by whilst Miss Havisham represents middle/higher class andhow money has made her a bitter and cold person. This performance is hoping toachieve that money doesn’t equal happiness and that people can change for thebetter. This is shown throughout the performance with different charactersmainly pip.
This performance hopes to achieve how people view and treat eachother. A final example ofcommunity theatre is two loves lost. The performance is set in 1955 a mancalled john falls in love with Ed and they need to keep their relationship awayfrom the public. It is based in central London. The focus of the performance isabout the discrimination against homosexuals and how it was dangerous to be gayat the time. The target audience of this performance is 12 over because itteaches people not to be homophobic and it lets the younger audiencesunderstand it more if they didn’t already. The purpose of this performance isto show how people viewed homosexual before the partial decriminalisation ofhomosexuality and how people at the time struggled to keep in a secret. One ofthe issues explored in this performance is homophobia which is main issuethroughout the performance.
One of the themes is secrecy and how the maincharacter must always be careful and hide from the eyes of the public. This isused to show how dangerous it was for gay people at the time. The needs ofaudience have been met by giving them a compelling and relatable story that isvery emotional and it gets the key message of the performance across. Thisperformance explores the social issues of homosexuality as it being the mainissue. It also tells us what is right and what is wrong and the wrong part ofthe performance is the characters homosexual relationship. This performance istrying to teach to people about how unfair society used to be and how it haschanged for the better and it has achieved this. This performance also helpswith the idea of social cohesion . It also tries to achieves making treatothers better.
With these three different community theatreprojects there are some similarities and contrast in the way they do it.Cuncrete and two loves lost both explore political issue that the governmenthave created themselves. The problems affect people in different ways however.
They all have a completely different focusand they way they emphasise this focus is also very different to each other.They all have very different set design and costume design as they are all setin different time periods