chapter  2
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What is a play?

One of the most important parts of the theatre is the theme, the plot, in other words the “play”. If you whistle to your dog and say: “come on for a walk!” and your

dog starts jumping and cavorting around you – at that very moment your dog gives a performance having for its theme: delight with nature, joy or gratitude. Each pantomime, each dance must have a certain theme. Without a

theme your dance will become a series of contortions. The theme, the plot or the play is the author’s idea about better life or

about a certain phase of it put into a concrete form. The centre of life is the soul or the human spirit in all its simple or

complicated manifestations. A worth while play is much more concerned with the inner life

of the spirit than with the external happenings of our everyday existence. The actors call some of their roles “grateful” and others “thankless”,

which means that there are parts full of spiritual significance to which the actor’s soul responds easily and enthusiastically and gives him the opportunity to create an image – a living character and other parts constructed only externally, without any inner spiritual logic. Such parts are hollow and an actor finds it extremely difficult to make anything out of them. Life teaches us, that each feeling, each desire to attain something – has

to be “performed” or “enacted.” If I beg you to do something for me I have to “perform” my request.

If I call you for “help” – I have to “perform” the danger which threatens me. If I try to persuade you in some idea, I have to “perform” all the