Doubts and Certainties.Simran

12. The repeated scene. In forum theatre, the same scene is shown several times. But what we have to be careful of is that the repetition ...

12. The repeated scene.
In forum theatre, the same scene is shown several times. But what we have to be careful of is that the repetition should not be monotonous. Through each repetition, the scene can be made shorter and only the main parts may be highlighted. Keeping it slow and showing the same thing again and again takes away the attention and interest of the audience from the show.

14. How to replace a character without transforming into another.
I agree that when the spect-actor replaces a character from the play, he must respect the givens on the problem. That doesn't mean that the spect-actor is supposed to follow the exact actions of the character as that would change nothing in the scene. The change is essential. Hence, the spect actor needs to know some rules of bringing about a change in the scene after stepping into the character's shoes. First is that he/she cannot change the social circumstances of the character (like gender, personality, nature, status etc.) and second is that he/she cannot change the motivation of the character.
Thus, while replacing the character, it is very important to know 'how to do what one has to do' . Only then can the spect-actor successfully bring about a change in the situation/scene.


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