What benefits do we derive from theatre (including film and TV)? It is excitement, vicarious experience, education, catharsis, or all of these things? Does our enjoyment depend upon the ability of the playwright to parade problems in a way that connects with our own? What do the archetypal themes emerging through great drama tell us about nature? Can we be harmed (e.g. depraved and corrupted) by theatre? If so, under what conditions?
Part of the series, The Psychology of Performing Arts. Other lectures include: The Power of Music Stage Fright and Optimal Performance
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Gresham College professors and guest speakers have been giving free public lectures in central London since 1597. This tradition continues today and you can attend any of our lectures, or watch or listen to them on our website.