“He who would write for the theatre must not despise the crowd.” – Clayton Hamilton
I rather like this quote, mostly because it’s something I stand by. Dramatists must always take the audience into consideration – the audience is part of the play. The audience is part of the experience, without the audience there is no experience. And it always amazes me when I come across playwrights who can’t stand who they write for.
Clayton Hamilton was a drama critic at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. He wrote much on the theatre :
- The Psychology of Theatre Audiences (which is where the above quote comes from)
- The Theory of the Theatre
- Problems of the Playwright
- Studies in Stage craft
What do you think of the role of the audience in the theatre?