From "Folkism" to Performance: A Scenic Strategy for Audience Integration
The performances of plays based on ‘Folkism’ are not assessable to the general audience due to the kind of staging techniques/delineated spaces used for the performances of these plays. Instead of attaining total audience integration, the audience is alienated and estranged because of a natural gulf that exists in the proscenium theater. This gulf completely prevents a complete rapport between the audience and the actors contrary to the level of response required for performances of plays based on ‘Folkism’. To remedy this, an environmental styled performance space has been proposed to facilitate a natural communication process between actors –audience and audience -actors.
Keywords: 'Folkism', Performance Space, Environmental Theatre
Dr. Eunice Uwadinma-Idemudia
Lecturer, Theatre Arts