Why does theatre matter to you?

Photograph of audience watching an empty stage with a chair and microphone
Audience at Humanities Theatre, by Mohammad Jangda. Reproduced under CC BY 2.0 licence.

In an age of Netflix box sets, many of us still love to get out of the house and spend several hours in the company of strangers, watching drama unfold on stage. Ahead of World Theatre Day 2018, share your thoughts on why is theatre still important.

Western theatre can trace its roots back to ancient Greece. For theorists like Aristotle, theatre was not simply a form of entertainment, but central to civic life. Theatre compelled viewers to empathise with the plight of the figures on stage and in so doing to reflect on their own lives and responsibilities in the public world.

Today, with public funding for the arts being cut while celebrities cream money from YouTube, it would be easy to think that theatre no longer has a cherished place in society. Yet we still go to watch plays, musicals and even cinema screenings of live drama.

World Theatre Day, which takes place on 27th March, is an annual celebration that brings together people who know the value of theatre, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions to recognise the social and economic value of this art form.

What do you love about theatre? Or is it no longer as important to today’s world?

Join the chat in the comments below, or use the hashtag #MondayMusing on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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