[Ravenhill said] there was a “common understanding” that theatre today should look like the theatre of a century ago, and this had led audiences to expect plays to be narrative-based.
He said: “I think it’s still the case that there is a strange kind of disparity between what audiences expect in theatre and what they expect from, say, contemporary art. When you go to the Tate Modern you go with a very open mind, expecting something to be strange, shocking, playful and different. Whereas an audience still goes to the theatre and gets quite angry if there is not a clear story and clear characters. It’s a bit like going to the Tate Modern and asking which are the landscapes and which are the portraits.”
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Guild member Mark Ravenhill thinks UK theatre is too conservative, writes Matthew Hemley in The Stage.