Social Sciences in Theatre
How are the social sciences associated with theatre?
In his article “Performance Studies”, Helbo identifies many social sciences associated with theatre including psychology, sociology, and semiotics. Psychology, he states, has greatly increased the work of the actor by giving him a tool to examine his character or role in greater depth. Psychology has also affected the spectator by creating a release and even a form of therapy. Sociology is used in
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behavioral functions associated with theatre as liberating. He also states that theatre releases people from “the prohibition of capitalist, consumer society.”
Schechner demonstrates the theatricality in daily life with anthropology. He sees ritual performance as an inherent quality in every human. He sites numerous religious, social, and economic rituals from around the globe that integrate performance with everyday life. Schechner demonstrates that theatre is present in virtually every culture, whether they realize it or not.