Introduction:Community theatre have four different features; Purpose,Themes, Venues and Clients. The purpose of community theatre is Social Cohesionas it works toward the wellbeing of all its members also it fights exclusionand creates a sense of belonging. The theme in community theatre shows anaspect of reasoning for the performance for example; teenage pregnancy,everlasting love, fear of failure, lost honour, power of wealth and role of menare many of the thousands of themes you could have and it gives the performancea reason or a moral for doing the show in the community. The venue forcommunity theatre is somewhere in the local area where it is easy andaccessible for people to watch so for example; a town centre, swimming pool,church, assembly rooms or even a car park where it is easy to watch theperformance going on.
Finally, for the clients of a community theatre it mustbe suitable for the ages of the audience for example you wouldn’t want a youngchild to be watching a show of a murder or sexual health at a young age, so itmust be appropriate for the audiences age. Community theatre must involve apurpose to why it’s being performed to bring the community together, also itneeds to carry a message about what it is about but the context varies as youcan put a performance together to show a message in many ways. Twopractitioners, Joan Littlewood and Augusto Boal shown different ways to dothis. Augusto kept the audience concentrated and intrigued by letting thempause the play whenever they wanted and changing bad things to nice when on theother hand Joan made plays about something serious happening in the world andmade it funny so the audience would laugh and realise it’s awful and shouldn’tbe laughing but they can’t help it. Community theatre affects different ages indifferent contexts depending on the performance. This could affect young peopleas well in ways especially if it is educational or gives them awareness aboutsomething like road safety or sexual health also on the opposite side iteffects elderly people as it brings them together out their house or care homeso they are not trapped in doors and gives them some entertainment. This bringsthe society together causing diversity and social cohesion so that differentcultures, races, ages of people come together Main Body of Text:My first example ofcommunity theatre in my local area is Sister act performed by The Bolsoverdrama group.
The Bolsover Drama Group has been a part of Bolsover for a verylong time and I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of it since I was 8- here issome information about the group “Bolsover Drama Group is an amateur dramaticsgroup based in north Derbyshire. Thegroup was formed in 1981 and has flourished into one of Derbyshire’s largestamateur dramatics groups. In an average year we perform four productions – amusical, a pantomime, a play and a youth section musical. We also take part in variety evenings andmany social events throughout the year. The group also has a youth sectioncatering for members under the age of 18. (Chris Peck, Bolsover Drama Group,unknow when website was created).
Here is the brief story line of Sister Act aswell “When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) sees hermobster beau, Vince LA Rocca (Harvey Keitel), commit murder, she is relocatedfor her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun in a California convent,Deloris proceeds to upend the quiet lives of the resident sisters. To keep herout of trouble, they assign Deloris to the convent’s choir, an ensemble thatshe soon turns into a vibrant and soulful act that gains widespread attention.”(unknown writer, 2017, IMD).
For this performance I felt like the focus was tobring the community together for entertainment purposes as well I seen this inperson as I helped at front door and I am a part of the group. From this I seenall ages from children to the elderly people all come together in one room toenjoy the performance together bringing the community together causing socialcohesion likewise I would say the target audience is for all ages as it is forentertainment purposes. The performance venue was in the Bolsover AssemblyRooms which is easy accessible to the public in the resident area as there is 2or 3 communal car parking places to park up. In my point of view, I think theperformance shows cultural diversity as it has an ethnic woman as a main rolewho goes into a different culture (nuns) and lives there way of life and thispromotes social equality. The moral of story is traditions change and neverjudge a book by its cover, in my view but it could show many other things – “Theunderlying message is that you can’t expect old traditions to stay the same”(unknown writer, 2014 Feb 27th, Architecture and morality). Theperformance shows crime and beliefs as there is a murder at the beginning andit takes you on through out to show you the religion and beliefs of nuns. Aswell as this it shows you that murder is wrong and the important of givingpeople the benefit of doubt and getting to know them before judging them.
So,from this I believe that the audience needs have been met because children arelearning the values of life from cultures and learning social cohesion by bringingpeople together from different races, cultures, sex and other backgrounds andthis bring something to a group to create amazing things. From this performanceI think it might make a change throughout the community as they will treatpeople much more better and considerate people in better ways through emotionand physical ways by being politer and kind to people from any background. I donot think from this performance for the community it links to Joan or Augustoin any way, shape or form. For my second exampleof community theatre I chose Peak Bullsh*t by Andy Parsons, here is what hasbeen said about it- “Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worriedabout yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change?World War 3? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it.It’s one of the things we do best.
Or is it? Was it something we did best butlike everything else has now gone West. Or South. Or East. Ah – go on.
Take arisk. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on anight out. Or maybe come out dressed in a binbag, top hat and clogs.
We couldall use a laugh.” (Andy Parsons, Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre website,2017). The focus of the performance wasto make comedic jokes about serious matters to bring a laugh to the audience.It is based at Chesterfield this Autumn, at the Pomegranate Theatre for thevenue where it has easy access parking around the area as there is shopping carparks and normal car parks but it has been in many other places… evenwell-known places and on TV- “As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo,Q.I.
etc. – and repeated on Dave.” (Andy Parsons, Chesterfield PomegranateTheatre website, 2017). In my opinion the target audience is for 18+ and overas kids will not get the jokes being said and it will be inappropriate as thereis foul language and tense humour. The purpose of the performance is to bringthe adult audience together to have a laugh and to making a serious subjectcomedic, I can link this performance to Joan Littlewood as she made seriousmatter also funny but then made the audience realise it wasn’t funny, whilstAndy Parsons Peak Bullsh*t made things funny to take their mind off theterrible sides of the issues. I think the audience was satisfied by thisperformance as the newspapers gave good feedback about the show and it broughtthe community together with laughter. Review- “Cracking adlibbing….
a joke-richrallying call for a better Britain” THE GUARDIAN. “Potent live performer…. cannail a nonsense with beautiful economy of words” THE TIMES.
“A consistently strong exposerof bullshit and a plain-speaking truth-teller through his entire career” THEGUARDIAN. “Brilliantlyfunny and insightful” METRO. (Andy Parsons, Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatrewebsite, 2017). I don’t think theperformance has any social or cultural or economic values at all.For my third exampleI chose The Adams Family- “The Adams are a tight-knit family who clearly careabout one another, but they lack the same kind of charm and generosity, when aman claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at theAddams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect theman is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the helpof lawyer Tully Alford, Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted fromtheir home.
Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addamsfortune and that he must challenge Fester.” (Google website, Adams family,unknown writer, 2017). The performance focuses on entertainment as the targetaudience is formed for all the family from children to grandparents as its fullof laughter. The venue is at the Sheffield theatre which also like the other exampleshas excellent parking areas so it is easy accessible for the community to reacheasily. I don’t believe this performance is social and cultural but I dobelieve it shows that every person is different and weird in their own way andshould be accepted for who they are. Going on from that I think the moral ofthe Adams Family is to always be yourself and stand for what you think is rightand what u believe in. I think these themes are used to show people that theyshould be there self and to show the audience that being your self isacceptable and that they shouldn’t change for anyone. For this performance Ifeel like the audience needs has been met as it brings all the families andcommunities together for entertainment causing social cohesion as people havecome together to support the actors and to enjoy a night out together.
TheAddams family shows class as Wednesday gets picked on by the rich, popular girlbecause of her look and her family’s class, old modern era looks and shows thedifference between right and wrong as there is crime (fraud) in theperformance. I don’t think it shows any of the practitioner’s styles of work butit does try to help social change of how people treat people differently forlooking different to having less money.Conclusion: All three of my examples of community theatre; Sister act,Adams Family and Peak Bullsh*t all bring the community together in a positiveway which then brings social cohesion in as the community become as one toenjoy a night together. As well all these performances show comedy to bringhappiness and laughter to the audience and shows that it effects the clients inan optimistic way by bringing them closer but in a nutshell only the Adamsfamily and Sister act are not only both shows but these shows have morals onthe same wavelength by treating people with better respect or not judging themon class, religion, sex, culture, wealth and more. Whilst Peak bullsh*t doesn’thave morals and makes comedy out of serious issues throughout the world. Ithink these three examples show different contrasts of community theatre andsocial cohesion as they are all different and show different aspects of it. Bibliography IMD (2016) Unknown writer, sister act plot.
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