LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #22 – Suspension of Disbelief

This term is used to refer to the audience putting aside logic in order to engage with the fiction being presented on stage. An example of this is accepting the way in which time goes by or the fact that the action is seen through the opening left by a supposedly removed fourth wall from a room. Actors and actresses do something similar when they use their imagination to create circumstances different to the ones they are really in. In life this capacity can be useful or dangerous. Putting aside the doubt that something can happen may help us make it real. However, ignoring what we know and retreating into a fantasy of how we would like things to be only delays the confrontation. Reality always wins!

 


María Ferrara

 

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