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The Aesthetics of Poverty: A Rationale in Designing for Philippine People's Theater 1973-1986

Brenda V. Fajardo


This article will discuss the production design approaches and techniques used in plays by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) from 1973-1986, using the principles of “aesthetics of poverty.” The “aesthetics of poverty” came about in consideration of the poverty situation of the Philippines and is really an attitude more than anything else, appropriate for the social conditions of Philippine society. This was also the period when there was very limited budget for productions, the result of which was creating with one’s imagination and clear imaging for meanings and symbolic representation.


educational theater, national theater, stage design

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/1452