This World Theatre Day, let’s talk about the art form of theatre. Every 27th of March, theatre lovers all over the globe celebrate World Theatre Day. We’d like to take this day to stress the importance of theatre as an art form, especially as a means of imparting valuable skills.
1) Theatre teaches empathy
Watching and connecting with characters in a theatre performance allows you to experience what a character is feeling and thinking and this causes you to feel the same. This also extends to actual participation in a theatre performance. When practicing theatre, you learn to understand a character and step in their shoes and understand the world from the character’s perspective.
2) It creates strong communicators
Theatre teaches how body language works; it teaches you how to move and what emotions these movements convey. Theatre also involves communication between actors, stage manager, producer, choreographer, lighting designer and all other people who are involved in bringing a production to life to ensure everything goes smoothly. By engaging in theatre, you learn to understand expectations about the roles you are playing as well as communicate your expectations to fellow cast members.
3) Theatre as a stress reliever
Theatre can act as an outlet for you to express your feelings. It encourages the release of anger and other emotions in a safe and controlled environment. Even watching theatre has its benefits – ever went to watch a funny musical or play? How did you feel afterwards? We bet you felt better!
4) It builds self-confidence
Theatre training helps build your confidence. Performing in front of a crowd involves confidence in your ability to act convincingly. You have to trust yourself!
5) Improves your focus
Practicing and performing in a play requires a great deal of focus – you have to read and memorize scripts, practice as well as perform.
6) Theatre as a tool of social and cultural awareness
Theatre can be a wonderful medium to engage social issues and inspire social change. Theatre for development can encourage discussions between audiences and encourage them to take action on issues raised.