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dc.contributor.advisorBates, Timothy
dc.contributor.authorLamont, James
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-12T16:02:46Z
dc.date.available2012-07-12T16:02:46Z
dc.date.issued2011-06-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/6120
dc.description.abstractThe study aimed to investigate the practice of darkening an auditorium for a performance, and the effect that this has upon the audience’s appreciation towards a play, empathy for characters, and self-awareness during a performance. A pilot study and a main experiment were devised. The pilot measured the feasibility of a large experiment based around a theatrical performance, measuring audience feedback rates with a simple questionnaire, and involved interviews with members of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company about design elements in theatre and their effects. The main experiment involved producing a theatrical performance with the EUTC and altering major design elements (in this case, house lighting) over 2 performances in order to measure any effect. This effect was measured by participant self-report on a questionnaire, utilising a visual analogue scale to scale levels of appreciation, empathy and self-awareness. The study found that the presence of house lighting had no effect on the appreciation felt towards the show (F (3, 46) = .009, p>0.05), empathy felt toward the central theme of the performance (F (3,46) = .912, p>0.05), self-awareness in the first ten minutes (F (3,46) = .389, p>0.05) or self awareness in the last fifteen minutes (F (3,46) = .039, p>0.05). In addition, no significant correlation was found between empathy and appreciation (r(48) = .177, p>0.05). A significant correlation was found between self awareness at the beginning and at the end of the performance (r(48) = .357, p<0.05). The results suggest that appreciation towards, empathy for and self awareness during a show remain untouched by the lighting level in the auditorium. There is the suggestion that empathy towards the central theme of a performance is related to appreciation, due to a near-significant correlation (r(48) = .177). Questions are also raised regarding the correlation between self awareness at the start and end of the performance, when compared to the lack of effect between house lighting and self-awareness. The results found, however, are likely the result of weak statistical power (0.18 of a standard deviation), as they do not agree with published research. Future avenues of research are suggested, as the implications drawn from the analysis seem promising.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.subjectTheatreen
dc.subjectEffect of Lighten
dc.titleTheatrical Design and Audience Appreciation: The effect of house lighting on appreciation, empathy and self-awareness.en
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelUndergraduateen
dc.type.qualificationnameMA Master of Artsen
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