The industrial theatre business has grown rapidly because it serves as an innovative and non-threatening means of bringing about change within organizations. It is a uniquely flexible and vigorous medium that gets people laughing and talking about problems in the organization in an affable way.
An industrial theatre director spends a lot of time researching a play, getting the flashpoints of the organisation and most of the dialogue from the people on the ground. He or she writes clues for the play and suggests solutions for problems without being didactic. The best place for the play to take place needs to be identified and this may be a corner of the factory or an office area.
Decisions are made about props and costumes, which may be only a large trunk and yellow overalls. The play is then rehearsed and presented, being directed “live” by the industrial theatre director.
Industrial theatre directors have to know how to conduct physical, interactive comedy. This is a highly kinetic form of theatre with few silences and directors need to choreograph the plays and make visual jokes to punctuate and support the emotional progression and learning points. These directors also need to induct actors in the special demands and responsibilities of presenting industrial theatre.
Schooling & School Subjects
Degree: Drama / Drama and Theatre Arts may be studied at RU, US, UP, UCT, UKZN, Wits, UFS.
Diploma: Drama is offered at TUT, Drama Studies at DUT.
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