The use of technology in theatre is more than just fancy light shows and cool sound effects. Sometimes using the right lights or sound can greatly change the feel of the room. A single eerie green light center stage combined with the whistle of howling wind can greatly change the mood of the entire room. Using technology can help us tap into the audience’s emotions and greater amplify them.
In The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night, the use of technology really adds to the show. Coupled with the very intense visual language, the use of technology brings those images to life. We can all imagine images, thoughts and emotions running through our own heads, but what if we could see other people’s thoughts? Technology allows the audiences to more fully grasp what the characters are thinking, not just based on what they are saying. For example, numbers are very significant in this play and seeing numbers whiz past, like they might in Christopher’s mind, totally changes how you feel about the numbers.
Christopher, the main character, is very analytical and scientifically minded. Having lights and sounds that mimic computers help relay the thoughts and emotions he might have. Audience members can also easily relate to these kinds of images because they have been exposed to computers and sounds of that kind before. Having this connection with the character can really pull an audience member in and make them more invested in the show. The specific types of visual technology in this show also really helps connect with a younger audience.
In conclusion, technology in theatre can have a lasting emotional impact. People remember feelings and emotions more readily than images and sound, but they are connected! When used to amplify emotion, technology can have a great impact on the audience members.