This way of paying more attention on the actors may suggest craft. Moreover, without all those equipments, the audience as all their left to watch is the performance itself. Grassroots started poor theater because he saw an opportunity to escape the control of power, which could prohibit the shows but not the rehearsals, or that it is what interested Grassroots. He went to Moscow to follow the teaching Of Cassavas, who was the best player in Vagabond before becoming Statistician’s assistant in his last period. In 1 959, he joined the Laboratory Theater, a school and company financed by the polish government.
His experiments focused on the actor, involving how they grow control over themselves (mentally, physically and vocally) so that during performances they might change themselves as demanded by their role. Moreover, at this time, technologies were starting to impress people. Slowly, theater had technical improvement in its theatrical devices. This improvement was constructing Rich Theater. And this was competing with the new technologies: cinemas and the television. In front of this, Grassroots argued that if theater “cannot be richer than the cinema, then let it be poor” (1968). That is how
Poor Theater was born. Poor theater has its own features. Let’s take a look to all of them: First, the movements and gestures was one of the main features of Guesswork’s work. Indeed, Grassroots believed that the actor should be able to completely know their bodies then, they can work at their best while making gestures and facial expressions. Furthermore, actors need physical training because Grassroots was also based on physical theater (type of theater where actors emphasize their roles on movements, rather than dialogue). Secondly, the Actor-Audience Relationship is an important element n poor theater.
In fact, Grassroots had a preference for rooms and buildings but the big theatric rooms with a huge stage. That is why he tried to eliminate the separation between the actors and the spectators, and wanted to make an union between them. For Grassroots, “The actors can play among the spectators… The actors may build structures among the spectators, the actors may play among the spectators and ignore them, looking through them. The spectators may be separated from the actors”. As we can understand, in poor theater, the audience can have (or not) a big role in the play.
Thirdly, Acting & Characterization plays a big role in poor theater. The acting skill was really important and has been influenced by Statisticians, it had to be genuine. As we saw before, the actors had to be really trained physically because of using lots of movements. Generally, poor theater has been used in Britain, China, Chicago, Germany, Poland and South Africa. Even if, all those countries have added their touch in poor theater, we can easily recognize Guesswork’s main perception of it. For example, in South Africa, theater remains to a
Aggregations features but was add dance and music. For me, Poor Theatre is able to stimulate creativity. Indeed, it is because poor theater portrays real life lessons. First, think about Acropolis, a play by Grassroots which themes are resurrection, death, forgetting and inactivity. After this play, the audience is able to wonder about all those themes. From all the research I have done about Poor Theatre have understood the main concept behind it and I realized that it is truly realistic. It brings out realism, life problems, conflict and teaches us a lesson or two.
Grassroots manages to epic what life really is, all the issues that we face with the use of an actor’s emotions and the fact that these emotions can touch us so deep and show us a new side to life that we have not seen yet. If poor theatre really goes out of existence then We would be living in a world full of lies that We tell ourselves just to forget all the problems we face every day. Poor theatre displays realism with the help of theatre, bringing entertainment together with teaching to let people know that our life is not perfect and if we want to change something then we should not deny it rather accept.