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Transcript of Bertolt Brecht
Founder of Epic Theatre - a modernist response to 'Realism'.
Breaking the illusion
Actors come out of role on-stage and sit at the edge of the stage to read/smoke/watch
Actors changing on stage
Actors moving the scenery
Actors come out of character to break out in song (often with a moral message that comments on the scene)
Role play / caricature
Speaking the stage directions
Getting the message across
Third person narration & commentary
To motivate change
Minimal set, costume & props
& Epic Theatre
To challenge and question
To provoke thought
To break the fourth-wall
To instigate a response
To dismantle the illusion
To render theatre a vehicle for learning
10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956
The political stance of Brecht's theatre was opposed by the Nazi party who were rising to power in the 1930s and Brecht was forced into exile as a result. Today his work is particularly influential in theatre that seeks to deliver a message or moral.
Brecht created a range of theatrical devices which sought to 'alienate' the audience so that they would not become absorbed in the illusion of theatre and sit back to watch without thinking.
The Half Curtain
Symbolic / multi-purpose props
Elements of historicism
Simple lighting but harsh white lights to 'illuminate the truth'