“Theatre is important not only for entertainment but development of a society as well.”
There are countless arguments in the whole world for the significance of the theatre in the present world that are developed on bias of theatre in the cultural development. According to several people, theatre is not only for entertainment purpose but it also develop the cultural values in an uncultured generation. On the other hand, there are people who consider theatre is not significant since there are some other immediate entertaining things. When we look into the past, we analyze the opinion of each group. These opinions are facts that are derived from observations and studies involving thespians and other supporters of theatre who based their concepts (Weaver, 2008). In a study conducted in 2011, it has been observed that problem solving and learning skills were highly improved among those individual who were involved in theatre for so long (Sanders, 2012). In this paper we discuss that whether theatre plays important role in modern life and significance of the roles played by theatre in modern world.
According to several analysts, the theatre plays quiet influencing roles in the present world. However, it has been questioned that how these roles are verified, whether these roles are social, cathartic release or entertaining. All of these descriptions are applied to theatre and its several roles. It has been observed that theatre has the most controversial functional role in teaching. Theatres are considered as didactic; however, people have different opinions about these perceptions. It has also been observed that theatre influence politics as well. Moreover, the theorists have been debating over this role of theatre and its benefits together with the determinants of this role (Weaver, 2008).
Theorization of Theatre by Philosophers
Several theorists debate that theatre has a social influence on the present world. Specially, Plato, Zola and Schiller discussed the social role of theatre in their works. Even though, there are differences in their opinion, each of them focused on truth in theatre. According to Schiller's approach, theatre is a moral institution; however, he has argued that the theatre is a combination of imagination and precision. Moreover, he says that combination of both of these things is effective to place influence on society. Schiller considers that this influence of theatre is positive. On the other hand, Zola also considers that theatre has a positive influence on society. According to him, the didactic qualities come out of pure truth on theatre's stage that has the involvement of meticulous legitimacy. On the other hand, Plato observes the imitating qualities of theatres. According to him, these mimetic factors of theatre should be removed as they have a negative influence on the society and social values (Weaver, 2008).
Didactic and Politically Influential Roles of Theatre
In the Greek tradition, the stage is considered as moral institute. According to Schiller, the theatre can play politically influential roles that are positive for societal values. Through theatre, moral guidance ...