First Impressions: An Introduction to Philippine Theatre

ALT-CFT Industry Outlook:
February 2016, Volume 2, Issue 2
Eylla Laire M. Gutierrez


An array of definitions and impressions can be made when one is asked about theatre. In its very essence, theatre as an art form is seen as a form of expression. Some view theatre as a philosophical matter for self-expression and self-reflection, or as a form of social gathering, bringing people together. Theatre is conventionally perceived to tell tales about anything under the sun: a hero, a historical event, a renowned book, etc. Philippine theatre, in the same manner, is recognized and identified through these lenses. However, what is arguably overlooked is the question of what the Philippine theatre is, what Philippine theatre plays tell about itself, what it attempts to express, what it strives to reflect. In this industry outlook, an introduction to Philippine theatre will be discussed with a hope of shedding light on these questions.


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