Advantages and Disadvantages: Stage Configurations

Theatre in the Round

Advantages:

  • Audience is able to look at the production from multiple perspectives, depending on where they’re sitting

Disadvantages:

  • At some point, actors backs may face towards the audience
  • Scenery has to be built for a 360 angle, audience may be blocked by the props
  • Sound projection is harder to all angles of the audience

Proscenium

Advantages:

  • Larger audience
  • Audience gains a good view as actors are only performing to one side
  • Scenery only has to be one sided

Disadvantages:

  • Disconnected audience as they are sat farther away
  • Actors inability to use the vast space

Traverse

Advantages:

  • Audience is able to look at the production from multiple perspectives, depending on where they’re sitting
  • Less distracting background/scenery
  • Audience feels more connected to the production

Disadvantages:

  • Audience will see actors back if actors face one side
  • Scenery will have to designed for both sides
  • Complicated blocking issues
  • Backstage area, no wings for the actors to come out of

Thrust

Advantages:

  • More realistic feeling, more connected to the audience

Disadvantages:

  • Angles/perspective of where the audience is sat to the actors on stage
  • Scenery has to be angled in a certain direction
  • Safety hazard for the actors, potential of falling off

Black Box

Advantages:

  • Easier to project and perform
  • Easier to connect to audience

Disadvantages:

  • Less space
  • Small audience, crowded
  • No backstage area, no wings

Site Specific

Advantages:

  • Realistic
  • More open space
  • Total creativity

Disadvantages:

  • If it’s outside, no control over the weather
  • No control over background noises and lighting
  • Harder to project and perform in an open space
  • Not designed to be a performance space

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