— Dain Ahn Y10 Geomun —

20th April. 2016.

 

A live theatre is an event where artists or actors perform live in front of the audience, presenting the experience of an event. Theatre performances are one of the countless ways people spend their leisure time, which was first started in ancient Greece. Such performances were first begun to honour Greek Gods and promote cultural identity in ancient Greece, a country that consisted of hundreds of small city-states. They still remain popular to this day.

 

From theatre, people can develop a creative mind, learn about history from that time period, and think about how to express oneself. Also, theatre is one of the few things that remind us that even in the midst of such a rapid-changing, human beings are at the core of every single movement and development happening on Earth. It helps us to hang onto our individual identities and create and expand on technology that works for us, not the other way round.

 

For iGCSE drama students who are eager to learn more about theatre, live theatre performances play an even greater role. Not only does live theatre provide a most gratifying and pleasant experience, it gives you that sense of vitality and inspiration that is so crucial for a drama student. Most importantly, the emotions that a live theatre performance can get through to you are simply impossible to convey through filmed performances. The audience cannot share the same space with the actors and see them live through movies and video clips, which indeed limit the communication which can be made successfully in a live theatre. Likewise, during a live theatre performance, the actors are able to convey the full and wonderful message to the audience.

 

This is precisely why famous actors in the UK are criticising the fact that there are new iGCSE courses being introduced which do not require students to watch a live theatre performance. According to the Guardian, actors such as David Harewood and Brian Cox argue against syllabuses from exam boards that allow drama students to study digital recordings instead of seeing a theatre performance in person.

 

Although it is most definitely the truth that nothing can replace and be as good as watching a live theatre performance, it is to be thought out whether digital recordings of performances should be permitted into a live theatre performance in order to expand access to it.

 

The magic of theatre happens on the stage and in the live audience, and to experience it in full, I suggest in investing the time and money to feel the actuality of theatre in the flesh.

 

 

<References>

Definition of live theatre, http://www.dragonflytheater.com/comprehensive-review-helpful-understand-live.html

Information on new GCSE drama courses, http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/apr/17/actors-david-harewood-zoe-wanamaker-criticise-gcse-drama-courses-that-cut-out-live-theatre

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