In ‘Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatuses’ (Essays on Ideology), Louis Althusser suggests that “ideology always exists in an apparatus”. He draws the distinction between Repressive State Apparatuses (RSA); government, police, military, etc. and Ideological State Apparatuses (ISA); religion, communications, culture, theatre, etc.
While existing with the regulations of the RSA, Theatre can serve as a platform to question the same. How is this platform defined and influenced by the RSA? If overarching state ideologies define a place for institutions which may question their relevance, what are the advantages to the state in suppressing a platform which allows for this criticism, and/or in allowing for (and potentially encouraging) this criticism and discourse, can the RSA gain strength?