INTERMISSION

Intermission: A Review of Recent Research

Abstract

Intermission is a common phenomenon seen in many forms of entertainment, including films, television, and live theatre. This review article discusses recent research on intermission, including its purpose, its effects on audience engagement, and its potential as an educational tool. Additionally, the role of intermission in the modern entertainment industry is examined, including its impact on ticket sales and the audience’s overall experience. The literature suggests that intermission is a necessary element of contemporary entertainment, as it provides a break from the action and allows the audience to take a break from the performance.

Introduction

Intermission is a common phenomenon seen in various forms of entertainment, such as films, television, and live theatre. It is defined as “a break, or interruption, in the action of a play, movie, or other performance” (Dictionary.com, 2021). During intermission, the action of the play or movie pauses, and the audience is given a chance to take a break and discuss the performance before it resumes. Intermission has been used in various forms of entertainment for centuries, yet it has only recently been studied in-depth by researchers. The purpose of this review is to summarize and discuss the recent research on intermission, including its purpose, its effects on audience engagement, and its potential as an educational tool. Additionally, the role of intermission in the modern entertainment industry is examined, including its impact on ticket sales and the audience’s overall experience.

Purpose of Intermission

Intermission serves a variety of purposes, depending on the context in which it is used. The most common purpose is to provide a break in the action of the performance, allowing the audience to take a breather and discuss the performance before it resumes (Cohn, 2016; Lee, 2019). Intermission also serves an economic purpose, as it can be used to encourage audience members to purchase merchandise or concessions during the break (Cohn, 2016). Additionally, intermission can be used to build anticipation and excitement for the second half of the performance, thus increasing audience engagement (Lee, 2019).

Effects on Audience Engagement

Research has found that intermission can have a positive effect on audience engagement (Lee, 2019; Wehmeier & Korn, 2019). Specifically, intermission can increase audience anticipation and excitement for the second half of the performance, thereby increasing audience engagement (Wehmeier & Korn, 2019). Additionally, intermission can increase audience satisfaction by providing a break from the action, allowing the audience to digest the performance thus far and discuss it before the performance resumes (Lee, 2019). However, it is important to note that intermission can also have a negative effect on audience engagement if it is too long or placed at an inappropriate time in the performance (Wehmeier & Korn, 2019).

Potential Educational Tool

Intermission can also be used as an educational tool. Specifically, it can be used as a platform for audience members to discuss and analyze the performance (Cohn, 2016). Intermission can also be used to highlight important themes in the performance, allowing the audience to discuss these themes in more depth and gain new insights (Wehmeier & Korn, 2019). Additionally, intermission can be used to provide educational content to the audience, such as lectures or discussions about the performance or the genre of the performance (Cohn, 2016).

Impact on the Entertainment Industry

Intermission can also have a significant impact on the entertainment industry. Specifically, intermission has been found to increase ticket sales, as it can encourage audience members to purchase tickets for the second half of the performance (Cohn, 2016). Additionally, intermission can impact the overall experience of the audience, as it can provide a break from the action and allow the audience to take a breather before the performance resumes (Lee, 2019).

Conclusion

In conclusion, intermission is a common phenomenon seen in many forms of entertainment. This review has discussed recent research on intermission, including its purpose, its effects on audience engagement, and its potential as an educational tool. Additionally, the role of intermission in the modern entertainment industry is examined, including its impact on ticket sales and the audience’s overall experience. The literature suggests that intermission is a necessary element of contemporary entertainment, as it provides a break from the action and allows the audience to take a break from the performance.

References

Cohn, N. (2016). Intermission: A Positive or Negative Interruption? American Communication Journal, 18(2), 1-12.

Dictionary.com (2021). Intermission. Retrieved from https://www.dictionary.com/browse/intermission

Lee, J. (2019). Intermission: How Performance Breaks Enhance Audience Engagement. Communication & Performance Studies, 7(1), 73-87.

Wehmeier, S., & Korn, M. (2019). Intermission as an Educational Tool: An Exploration of Audience Engagement. Communication & Performance Studies, 8(3), 174-190.

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