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On Ideologies and Theatre


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?


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This entry was posted on September 27, 2011 by in writings and tagged , .

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