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What is Theatre? by John Brown

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The Power of the Theatre

Before looking at the different parts that together make up a performance in the theatre, we will take a much wider view and ask what theatre does for an audience, what it achieves when it functions fully. Each part has to be viewed in this larger context because here will be found its justification and the measure for success. At the same time beginning with a larger view helps to define theatre over against other arts and entertainments. We will examine five aspects of the power of theatre.

Theatre Creates a Social Occasion

The next time you go to a theatre, arrive ...

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