Perhaps the sole justification of theatre creation is that it is one of man’s oldest creative acts. For centuries theatre has been able to recreate men’s most cherished ideals on the “empty space” and in spite of the imagined or real threats of extinction in the age of celluloid, television and finally internet, theatre is still alive will all its vitality and challenges.

But theatre inevitably needs to be brought to life by the voice and movement of living actors who build up a performance out of the dead pages of a text. What an audience hears and sees in the theatre is the product of the originating mind of the author, of the careful study and imaginative projection of the play by the director and of the equally careful study and interpretation of every detail of the various parts by the actors themselves. However, it is the imaginative participation of the audience that breaths life into any successful performance. In the end theatre becomes a celebration of collective imagination.

As theatre is truly a social product, so theatre invites a re-examination of social life. Theatre makes it possible for the interaction between the old and the new to take place in a way which is unique among all the other art forms. The old truth is uttered in the new time under the new garb and under the new lingo of the contemporaneous. In this way theatre often involves the rediscovery of the old myths in modern terms. Theatre cannot help but be socially committed.

Theatre is fundamental to human nature as it is the oldest of arts and includes all of the arts. Theatre is ephemeral and immediate. The joy of theatre lies in its immediacy, but the sadness of theatre is that the joy is fleeting. And yet paradoxically this fleeting image of life captures the eternal truths of life.

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