Thursday, 11 August 2011

QUESTIONS: The Guardian Discusses Spectatorship (Edinburgh)

"Oscar Wilde once said: "My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure." But what is a successful audience? A passive spectator who says nothing, whatever happens on stage, and who applauds at all the right moments? Surely a good audience could never be one whose members storm the stage and disrupt the action - or could it?"

Lyn Gardner at the Guardian has observed that a number of plays featured at the Edinburgh Fringe, including White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, are raising questions about the role of the audience in a theatre experience.

What are your thoughts? How did you feel as an audience member at White Rabbit, Red Rabbit? If a play wants to push the limits of audience interaction, can it ever go to far?

You can read the full Guardian article here. 

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