In the past:
- Plays were the source of theatre.
- Plays were written by one person alone in a room.
- The timeline of taking a play from creation to performance was long.
The internet and evolving theater practices are helping us to change this.
Plays no longer need a playwright; much of the most interesting work is devised.
The internet can be used to source material from people all around the world; I can interview someone in China via Skype and translate their story to a monologue.
Performances can be created more quickly in response to real-world events by theater companies that engage communities (eg Tricycle Theatre’s The Riots.)
How we write plays and create theater is evolving: What are some examples you can think of?