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Kathleen Ann Thompson, artisitic director of Belleherst Productions, gleans from her 25 year experience in directing and producing award winning shows for Belleherst by opening up the discussion of 'fixed point' and its relevance to clarity on the stage.
Lack of clarity on the stage opens a pandora's box of audience responses...none of which are positive if we want our production to succeed. An audience which isn't clear about the production's action, thought content or character development begins to tune out, doubt their own theatrical sophistication, become distracted trying to figure everything out or fights a growing level of frustration. At its very minimal effect, lack of clarity on the stage speaks to the audience of mediocrity and a lack of skill. They simply disengage. Clarity is a necessary virtue on the stage even if the message of the production is to create a paradoxical and ambiguous challege to the viewer's thinking. Its a prestigious mark of excellence.
Fixed Point is an over-arching theatrical principal whose use is ubiquitous in all genres of theatre and in various developmental areas of dramatic composition. Fixed Point is the technique which most influences clarity on the stage. Kathleen Ann Thompson takes on this little mentioned theatrical technique and exposes the harmful results of being ignorant of its value or of lacking knowlege of how to apply it.
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