There’s a great piece in today’s Guardian UK Theatre & Performing Arts blog about crowds and their relation to how theatre is received and understood:
“We have come to think of crowds as a bad thing. They are the hordes who slow us down on our way to work; they are the volatile sports fans who might at any moment become a violent mob; they are the mass of zealots burning books or stoning enemies. And yet whenever a play of mine has transferred from a smaller to a larger space I’ve always been amazed and delighted. In front of a larger audience, the story moves more nimbly and ideas are grasped more quickly. When you’ve got 700 people watching a performance, rather than 17, everything about your work is accessed more readily.”– Mark Ravenhill
Check out the full post, here.
How do crowds affect the way you think about theatre? Would your work be better if it was being performed in front of more people? Is intimate performance overrated?