From: "Rickard Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
Mainly for Peter:
Quite awhile back you sent in a quote by Eliot about drama. I've been
thinking about it a fair bit but I can't get beyond my cynical first
thought. That is that money is really behind the restriction on not
giving the audience the full art. The play, unlike a poem, has
production costs that must be recouped. Then the audience needs to enjoy
the play to recommend it to others and thus make the play make money.
If the playwright make the audience do too much pondering they will lose
their place in the play. Unlike the written word they can't stop and
One of the sins of the theatre is the obsession with realism.
Budgets don't have to be big. The art doesn't have to be distant from the