“The acceptance of poverty in theatre, stripped of all that is not essential to it, revealed to us not only the backbone of the medium, but also the deep riches which lie in the very nature of the art-form.” -Jerzy Grotowski, Towards a Poor Theatre
Let us begin by disassociating Theatrical Value from Monetary Value.
Look, honestly, at the available resources and embrace them. Hold your poverty up to the light and call it ‘spectacle’. This is the alchemy of theatre.
We have all, as children or more recently, created myth and melodrama from found objects. Pieces of sticks and attic artifacts have played their roles in spontaneous outbursts of storytelling. Why ask for more? Yes, it would be nice to have a real live helicopter. You can’t have it. Make it with what you have.
Is theatre about stories or about people coming together to tell stories? We maintain a preference for the latter.
In its very marrow, theatre is a communion. What is more theatrical than the sacrament of communion? The actor holds bread in the air and calls it “body.” Wine, “blood.” All present agree. The communicants find catharsis for all of their failings and faults through the sacrifice of a character they have never seen.
What budget can surpass that?