The podcast I listened to covered two main focal points. The first of the two being Sleep No More, a British play and the Stanford Prison Experiment. As I listened to this podcast I thought of two main ideas that covered both parts of the podcast. When you are put in an unfamiliar place you may sometimes act and think differently and in some cases you are even unaware of your doings.
The first segment of the podcast covered the British play Sleep No More. It was about a one of a kind theater that was co produced by a man by the name of Felix Barrett. They started off by a bouncer asking to see each and everyone’s photo ID, but would not tell the people why. They were then directed down a dark alleyway, which then lead them to a very nice bar scene with a jazz band playing. Already to me this seems like something very different to me. I would feel out of place and confused. After being at the bar scene for a while they were given very elegant masks and had all of there belongs taken and were given a few rules to follow including no talking to one another. They put the masks on and entered the theater. This was not your ordinary theater this theater was an old warehouse that was multiple floors. They were told they could wander around to any of the several scenes that were set up. This is where I then realized that people acted and thought very differently when in unusual situations. While the people were going through Barrett’s play they would seem to think things that were happening were real. For instance there is a scene where one of the actors was falling and it was reported that almost every time one of the audience members will run over and save them from falling. Another example is a woman saw a dress hanging on the wall so she just went over and grabbed it for no reason as if she was going to change into it. This play is so intricate and diverse compared to anything else that it just puts people in such a different mindset.
At some points during the play experience people would do things and literally had no idea that they were committing an act. The example I have from listening to the podcast was there is an actress behind a glass wall dancing and all of a sudden this women, one of the audience, starts throwing anything she can find at the glass where the woman was dancing. When pulled aside she claims she had no idea she was doing that. The other example of this came from the Stanford Prison Experiment. The volunteer prisoners and guards were doing things that would be done in an actual prison. The guards actually thought they were patrolling a prison and were yelling and curing while the prisoners were crying in agony. And when these volunteers were interviewed after the experiment ended, they had no clue of some of the things they were doing, let alone forgot that what was happening was not real life, it was only an experiment.
As I listened to this podcast my mind went through so many different thoughts and so many different scenarios. People get lost in their own mind and don’t have any physical control while their mind takes over. Being put in an unfamiliar place and asked to do certain tasks or watch strange things and your mind thinks differently and you act in strange ways and in some cases you don’t realize what you are doing because your mind just takes over.