School of Visual and Performing Arts
theatricality, live theatre, creativity, entertainment, aristotle's poetics
Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Performance Studies | Playwriting | Theatre History
Beattie, Sarah Michelle, "True Theatricality: What Separates Live Theatre from All Other Entertainment" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 974.
In order to better understand the art of live theatre in comparison to its many counterparts, an in-depth study of the elements of live theatre that separate it must be accomplished. Through Aristotle’s The Poetics, to many contemporary studies of theatricality, to recent scripts incorporating those elements and effectively using them, the analysis of theatricality can be applied to an original script of its own kind. Some elements that have been discovered are double casting, expression through song, and even a break in the classic two act structure. The application of these elements of theatricality present a lot more issues to be examined. Do these elements even bring in the audiences, or is there something else that drives them in?