In what ways does feminist theatre differ from the norm, or specifically from conventional or patriarchal theatre, and why has it opted for these variations?
1) What usually characterises conventional theatre forms?
2) What characterises feminist theatre?
3) What is the motivation behind these characteristics?
4) What examples can I use to highlight these points?
1) Conventional theatre, or what feminists would regard as 'patriarchal theatre', is traditional and has evolved from the Greeks through to Shakespeare through to the present day. It is characterised by a number of points, over and above the basic truth that the majority of individuals who work in theatre today, and especially those in positions of power and control, are men. These can be summarised thus:
a) Conventional theatre tends to have a linear narrative where, on whole, chronology remains intact and point C follows on from point B from point A etc.
b) The play builds to a point and a conclusion, at the end of which problems are resolved or a logical end is reached.
c) Plays of this nature are usually presented in traditional, proscenium arch theatres, with the audience seated end on, offering a unified view of the action.
d) There is a hierarchy of practice to these productions ...