From Traditional Market to Theater Stage

Authors : Kurniasih Zaitun; Afrizal H; Susandro

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 2 - February

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Theatrical events on stage are inherent in human life. It is closely related to such complex human problems. So, it is not uncommon for some people to say that theatrical events are social realities that are brought to the stage, which is then called "stage reality". This paper tries to expose social reality as the basis for the implementation of theatrical performances. Social events that take place in the community, especially in traditional markets, which by nature are performing arts, can also be considered theatrical performances, just like drug sellers. Events and social phenomena of drug sellers are often found in traditional markets in Nusantara because drug sellers have their charm. Therefore, every time drug sellers are present in the market, it is always seen as crowded by the people. Some drug sellers use special tents, and some others don't. In practice, almost all drug sellers use loudspeakers and some objects that can help buyers find out about the drugs being sold. The drugs sold are usually drugs that are processed traditionally, for diseases such as scabies, tinea versicolor, sprains, and others. Certainly at a price that is slightly cheaper than the drugs in pharmacies. This form of drug sales conducts various kinds of demonstrations and attractions, which are the main keys to attracting the audience's interest. As long as drug sellers sell during the buying and selling process in the market, there are so many stories that come and go through the ears of sellers and buyers. Not infrequently, they stop by, not just to buy, but also to talk about problems that occur in their households or factual problems that occur in the community. Based on this phenomenon, market events – especially the drug sellers – became the idea for a theatrical work entitled “Complication” which was written and directed by Kurniasih Zaitun by constructing and organizing drug seller events based on the necessary dramatic elements.

Keywords : Traditional Markets, Drug Sellers, “Complications” Theater Performances


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