Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The theatre, the theatre!
What rule book says theatre must insist only inside some ugly building?
Do you want to know what theatre is? A flea circus. Also, opera.
Also rodeos, carnivals, the ballet, native America tribal dances, Punch and Judy, a one man band - all theatre.
Wherever there is magic and make-belive, and an audience, there is theatre.
Donald Duck, Ibsen, and the Lone Ranger.
Sarah Bernhart and Sandra Bernhard, Poodles Hannefort, Kiki and Herb.
Penny Arcade, Peaches Christ, Pina Bausch, Lindsey Kemp, Legs Malone.
Flash mobs, David Blaine, Hampton Court Palace, Siegfrid and Roy, Lois Weaver - all theatre.
You don't understand them all, you don't like them all. Why should you?
The theatre is for everyone - including you - but not exclusively.
Don't approve or disapprove; it may not be your theatre but it's theatre, for somebody, somewhere.
(Adapted from "All About Eve" for "Infinite Variety", a new production I'm co-starring in, which opens this September in London).