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Theatre, the mirror image of the society

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Theatre is essentially the reflection of real life, an imitation of the real world. Since ages, theatre has played an important role in every society. It the mirrors the society of the given times, the people and their ways of life! One can look back to the theatrical presentations of a particular age and learn a lot about the social and cultural conditions which prevailed during those times. Just like a man who has never seen himself in a mirror doesn’t know how he looks, a culture without theatre wouldn’t know what it’s made of.

When we look back to the theatrical productions of Christopher Marlowe or William Shakespeare, the dominance of the royal family becomes eminent. They also present the particular essence of the romanticism which was much in vogue during those times (around the 16th Century). If we move forward a few centuries and consider the theatres or plays by modern playwrights like Samuel Beckett (Think of ‘Waiting for Godot’, 1953) we find that they seek to figure out the very meaning of existence, or rather comments on its very nature. So, there certainly has been a huge change in the thought process of the generations and this becomes crystal clear in the difference posed between the arts of these two eras.

As to the importance of the theatre in society, at one point it was majorly economical but in the present times, it has more cultural importance. Theatre is not merely a mode of entertainment but it is a vehicle of change, education and self expression in the society. Just as the body needs food to remain healthy, the mind needs artistic persuasions to retain its health. And theatre is a major form of art, a great way to influence the way people think, or see the world.

As a mode of education and social change, theatre presents before us an image of our very selves, and lets us see who we are. It makes it easier to find the faults, to understand the corruptions which evade the culture. Theatres have long been an indispensible mean for every culture to raise or promote a social cause – from condemning capitalism to promoting women rights and very recently, supporting gender-equality/ homosexuality – theatre has always played its own role in shaping the mind of the people.

Theatre also provides as a mode of self expression. It makes possible to express those thoughts, desires or cravings which are not widely accepted in the society and helps to express why it should be. From the history of the society, to human relationships to the complex working of the human mind: theatre allows for exploration and brings to the surface the truth, the undiluted raw truth of existence.

At the same time, Theatre allows for Globalization and helps the human mind to expand and learn about a world beyond his own, to know about people and cultures which exists beyond his own society. It liberalizes the human mind, allows it to grow, and provokes thought and imagination.

It also makes us realize that reality is much bigger than ourselves, and the theatre is its replica – a meta-theatre, and we humans are but mere actors, playing out our roles since “All the world’s a stage”. Therefore, a culture is incomplete without its theatre.

Is it possible to be an actor nowadays?

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With the advent of technology and the revolutionary internet, the definition of celebrity has completely changed. Social media sites like Instagram and YouTube help aspiring actors to gain enough recognition within a very young age and hurl them into the spotlight. Thus the initial part of the struggle, that was so prevalent among budding actors of yesteryear, is not very much evident in the life of aspiring actors today. It is thus easier and very much possible to be an actor nowadays.

Here are a few ways:

Through social media channels

Despite cut-throat competition and recession, new actors continue to make their way to the film industry on a daily basis. Social networking sites have surely made it easier for youngsters to get noticed and contact appropriate modeling agencies, acting class coordinators, people related to production of films and so on. Nowadays by shooting a single video and uploading it on channels like Vine or YouTube, gets people famous, with a huge number of likes and followers. This trend results not only in the popularity of people on social media but also makes them easier to succeed in the bigger picture.

Through channels of television

Since the past decade, television has increased in transparency and become very much sought after by aspiring actors. The general trend now, is to start out with small talk shows, journalists, and then venture into films. In the early era, television was completely secluded from the film industry and there was no scope for outsiders in its world. But now, with increased accessibility it has become easier for people to enter the arena of films and gain success and fame as an actor.

Through reality shows and talent hunts

Television developed more and more with the onset of interactive talk shows, reality shows and talent hunts. These types of shows have basically bridged the gap between the general public and the much coveted world of celebrities and glamour, thus making it easier for young, talent aspirants to put their baby steps in the television industry and carve out a niche for themselves. The best part about these shows is that the auditions are held at all major cities for selection of common people who are talented, confident and smart. This makes it possible nowadays for people to try their luck as an actor, in spite of having no influential background. This trend was not seen in the olden days, where the world of film industry was reserved only for a privileged few, who had a family history of influential actors or were in close contact with such people.

Through recommendations

Getting access into the film industry and becoming an actor was possible mainly through recommendations in the earlier days, and now also it remains a foolproof route of entry. However even getting recommendations is quite easy these days. When an aspirant enrolls for acting classes, or auditions for talent hunts and makes it till television at least, it is then very easy to get film offers and launch a career in films thereafter.

 

Becoming an actor nowadays is not easy, yet it is certainly possible with the right attitude, talent and a little bit of luck. It is always advised to start with acting classes for improvisation and then slowly moves up the ladder of success.