Saw Nora at Belvoir tonight. Quite good.
Trickle. Trickle, trickle, trickle. Stoppard described theatre as the flow of information – or the trickle, or something along those lines. And tonight, while watching Nora, it struck me that emotions are information that can be trickled as well – that is, that a character can make a choice that may confuse the audience (or that the audience doesn’t quite understand to begin with), and then information as to the character’s state of mind can be trickled to the audience through the rest of the play.
Irrationality is also an important part of many emotional decisions that come to resonate with an audience – the irrationality of the classics, for instance. Clearcut choices that contain emotion but are entirely logical, do not make for the best theatre, or theatre at its most pleasantly ambiguous.
Something like that, anyway.