The bedlam theory is a consideration behind the placement of elements (scenes, major events) within theater, film or scripts. They are specifically placed in order to inspire and engage the audience. There are generally 6 elements to the Bedlam Theory.
1) The first element- an event that quickly demands audience attention. This will engage the audience forcing them to participate.
2) The second element- a relatable subject to the audience. A scene that consists of an everyday situation usually with light humor. This allows the audience to ease into the show while remaining engaged.
3) The third element- a dramatic situation. This is used to conjure up emotions within the realms of everyday life, such as sadness, regret, or longing.
4) The fourth element- the element of suspense/horror. The audience is now emotionally engaged. This builds upon the conjured emotions.
5) The fifth element- this is slice of life. The audience’s emotions are in full throttle. They are looking for something to do with all the conjured up thoughts, feelings and energy. Perhaps they can relate It to their own lives.
6) The sixth element- physical reaction. Laughter and crying are physically active forms of release. The more they laugh or cry the more they feel emotional release.
THE END RESULT- the audience has been through an emotionally entertaining rollercoaster. They were forced to begin to deal with elements in their lives. Most often not allowing them to have enough time to think it through before another element is discovered. Through five events they tried to find a home for this conjured up energy. It is in the sixth event where they find a release, through physical reaction. Their body has physically been forced to release the built up emotions.