Vol 25 (2013) Theatre and Democracy

Theatre is, and has always been, a resource for society’s self-reflection. As such, it is intertwined with democracy and its development. In the words of Danish media sociologist Lars Qvortrup, it may be said to serve the function of, “communicating the otherwise non-communicable, i.e. of creating that difference in materiality, which makes a difference that society’s other social practices cannot make.” In other words, theatre makes processes perceptible that might otherwise not be accessible to reflection. Rather than simply mirrorin gsociety, it potentially challenges our assumptions and preconceived views by staging, i.e. making perceptible, the very social processes and constructs that lie behind those preconceptions. Continue reading