- Here is a selection of the many comments we received.
- — Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe)Fri, Feb 28 2014 13:13:30#SWPBurningPestle has been described as 'meta-theatrical', breaking fourth wall. Can you give examples of other plays, paintings, films-
- — Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe)Fri, Feb 28 2014 13:14:04-that you think effectively break the fourth wall (or equivalent); maybe through audience participation? #fourthwall
- Pauline McLynn as the Citizen's Wife in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until 30 March. Details here: bit.ly/1hrmul8
- — Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe)Fri, Feb 28 2014 13:36:44Personally, as someone who likes to make things I enjoy seeing the 'making of', or the acknowledgement of the making of something. Sian
- — Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe)Fri, Feb 28 2014 13:37:45It feels like a cheeky 'in' w maker, which of course it probably isn't,because it is done knowingly, but I still enjoy it. Sian #fourthwall
- — Eleanor Greenwood (@ellegreenmezzo)Fri, Feb 28 2014 14:15:52
- — Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe)Fri, Feb 28 2014 14:02:36
- — Jonny Morris (@jonnymorris1973)Fri, Feb 28 2014 13:44:43@The_Globe The play of Amadeus does this extraordinarily well, Salieri addressing audience as 'ghosts of the distant future'
- — Lisa Bonocore (@LisaBonocore)Fri, Feb 28 2014 13:48:48
- — Claire Margerison (@paperbookmarks)Fri, Feb 28 2014 14:08:03
- — Amanda MacDougald (@xmacattack)Fri, Feb 28 2014 14:09:55@The_Globe To me the best use of breaking the fourth wall is as a humor device. Snarky asides let the audience feel like they're in on it!
- — Shakespeare's Globe (@The_Globe)Fri, Feb 28 2014 13:30:27Another painted ex. of breaking #fourthwall / recognising the viewer/audience is Van Eyck's The Arnolfini Portrait http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/jan-van-eyck-the-arnolfini-portrait …
- Detail of the mirror in Jan Van Eyck's 1434 painting 'The Arnolfini Portrait' showing the artist's reflection.
Breaking the Fourth Wall
The Knight of the Burning Pestle is sometimes described as 'meta-theatrical' or breaking the fourth wall. We asked for examples of other plays or works of art that break the fourth wall/acknowledge the viewer; and what results of this technique had on the audience experience.
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