How does Marat/Sade contrast and complement the theories of theatre from Aristotle, Artaud, and Brecht?
Marat/Sade is a play about putting on plays in an insane asylum. While there is some history behind this premise, Peter Weiss’s play is more about the theatre itself and the power of theatre to transform audiences. Brecht and Artaud were two important influences in Peter Brook’s famous staging of the play with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1964.
Antonin Artaud was a surrealist who developed an approach to theatre called “The Theatre of Cruelty.” His premise was to subvert the conventions of theatre by encouraging a kind of “sensory overload” in the audience through the use of flashing lights, discordant sounds, inaudible or nonsensical dialog and so forth. This is meant to allow the audience to feel the unexpressed...
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