Theatre Through Courthouse
This course aims to study and establish how legal processes benefit from their relations with the public, the performative and the spectacular. Seeking inspiration from Shadwell’s “The Squire of Alsatia” in which dialogues and scenes are set in public places such as public squares and taverns depicting “middle classes, the thieves and the rascals” (Nicoll, 1952) all in one room, this line of inquiry will define the proposals programmatic approach.
Alan Read, writer and professor of theatre at Kings College London echoes the performative nature of the Courthouse that “must show itself…must reveal itself in action” (Read, 2015), reiterating the notion that law has to be “seen” to be done. Arguably the most “public” precedent of legal choreography is the public trials in the ancient greek Agora where citizens “were engaged by virtue of their occupation of the spaces between legal rituals” (Scott, 2015)