AUSTRALIA IS DEAD, I SAY…
Written by: Zuzi Fort
Is theatre a dying art form?
Some believe theatre is on its way out, incapable of competing with newer entertainment forms like movies, television, and even YouTube.
Truth be told, theatre has always been a struggling art form to some degree. Luckily, it is also one of the most pliable; it can mould and mend and meld with other creative forms and is continually evolving.
I suppose this is where the problem lies. Many theatre practitioners are trying to adhere to the status quo. They insist on a stage, a proscenium arch, a velvet curtain, backdrops, lights, and sets. They resist change and adaptation.
They suffocate theatre in convention and stifle its flight with chains of stereotype and routine.
However, as John Steinbeck said so beautifully,
“Theatre is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.”
— To be continued in our January 2020 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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AUSTRALIA IS DEAD, I SAY…’, check out our 1st issue of Cut Frame Magazine.
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