Why Theatre?

After listening to all the personal stories, [one theatregoer’s] conclusion was ‘I still think it’s wrong’. To me, it’s neither because of a failure of the play (to convince) nor the person (to interrogate his belief system). And I am never disappointed nor frustrated with such responses, because I know that a good play should give the audience a few things to think about—but it does not tell them what to think. On the audience’s part, to think for one’s self also comes with its own set of adult responsibilities—which is to articulate and justify one’s own position. Which means that ‘I still think it’s wrong’ would be the start of a conversation (either with one’s self or with others) rather than the end of one.

Alfian Sa’at

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