Visual Symbolism in Contemporary Theatre Directing in Nigeria
AbstractThe appreciative character of any theatre production with theatrical elements is enshrined in its visual symbolism. Experience has shown that no two productions, directed by the same director, performed by the same artistes, given the same venue and even same script, can be the same. This difference is cropped from the director’s perception, conception, imaginative and creative impetus. Visual symbolism in the theatre as a medium traverse forms, textures, symbols, lines, lighting, circles and balance in creating an everlasting theatre experience. Visual symbolism is influenced by style, concept, forms, creativity, materials, technological advancement; it is resultoriented, though it must meet certain conventional objectives. Even though in Nigeria its role is in the main, supportive and complementary, its functions are numerous to the point that a production will be void without their application. This is because visual symbols are culturally bound and theatre is culture. This research was adopted in parts, on practical-oriented observations, examining aspects of visual symbols in contemporary stage productions as performed in the Chinua Achebe Arts Theatre in the University of Calabar - Nigeria, was chosen to strengthen this essay. It was equally observed that some directors attached little or no attention to visual symbols. This work, thus recommended a complete overhaul of the mentality of placing visual symbols as an insignificant measure in our theatrical existence.
LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research, 8(4), 205-219, 2011