Reading Tasks

 Working Together in Theatre by Robert Cohen

This reading discovers the idea of family within theatre. Back when theatre began in the dark ages a theatre group would be a bloodline family performance. They would write stage design and stage in the performance and work all together to create the final performance. Families involved their children by giving them apprentiships and on the job working alongside their family. This tradition of working in the same industry as your family happened right up until the 19thcentury. It began to stray from tradition when artists such as Picasso were making theatre designs.

The idea of theatre becoming a family is true to an extent. With it originating from real families anyone that’s ever joined the theatre has always become part of a family. This slowly developed from friends and family to hiring people actually trained or learning in that department. So therefore, it has led further away from actual family to hiring specialised artists and actors. Also, theatre companies in the past had one company and performed multiple works however, now they are all hired individually for only one production at a time. So, the idea of family has deteriorated from a lifetime with the same people to just only the shows running time.

 On the other hand, the type of connections made back in the Dark ages between there creative team and performance team are still as meaning full as they are in today’s industry. This is because they still spend as much time rehearsing with their team if not more as standards of theatre are higher. They also spend a lot of hours together in a very short space of time meaning they get to know each other on personal level.

For today, families don’t make theatre; theatre makes families.’

This quote accurately represents the change in theatre behind the scenes but how it doesn’t change the outcome. Also, your family don’t always have the same common interests as yourself so now you end up meeting people in the same industry as you who become your second family.

© Lydia Moss, all rights reserved


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