Some theatre each day keeps the doctor away…


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I’m not sure if I’ve ever considered it before, but today a certain idea took hold of me quite strongly: namely, that there is a dramatic irony created in a play on its second viewing.  (That is, most people familiar with theatre already know the entirety of Hamlet, and so have a sort of super-dramatic-irony to the play as a whole,  regardless of any ironies created on a scene-by-scene basis.)  The point being that plays which rely on surprising the audience by withholding information (and thus diminishing scene-by-scene dramatic ironies) may redeem themselves slightly with this super-dramatic-irony.  (Assuming they convince someone to watch it twice, however.)

I’d say more on this, but bubblegum is still bubblegum no matter how much you stretch it out, yes?

The Proms start today, all the way back in the Motherland.  I shall endeavour, as always, to listen to every single concert. but I shall aurally touch no more than about ten percent, no doubt.

Written by epistemysics

July 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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