Dramatic conventions of Poor Theatre (THEORY (Small audiences, Theatre…
Dramatic conventions of Poor Theatre
'Towards a Poor Theatre' - Book
Theatre could not compete with television/film - so was not attempted
Long and intensive actor training programs
Theatre practitioners: Brecht/Stanislavski primary influences
Grotowski created the theatre style of 'Poor Theatre'
Primary focus on working in silence - more concentration
Set was extremely bare - minimal props
Minimal use of spotlight lighting - flood lighting was used
Frequent use of 'object transformation'
Transformative objects were symbolic
Costuming often did not identify character
Influenced by Stanislavski's 'emotion memory' technique
Utilised actors as 'props'
Actors were the primary focus in Grotowski's works
Focus on authenticity much like Stanislavski
Intense physical training
'Voice is an instrument'
Audience placed both in and around performers
Strong focus on eliminating the divide between actor and audience
Exploration of actor/audience relationship
Development of a 'communion' - 'communication' between actor/audience