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The Theatre of Cruelty

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Will Deck

on 14 February 2014

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Transcript of The Theatre of Cruelty

"Without an element of cruelty at the root of every spectacle, the theatre is not possible. in our present state of degeneration it is though the skin that metaphysics must be made to re enter our mind"

-Antonin Artaud (Creator: theatre of cruelty)
What is Theatre of Cruelty ?
Theatre of cruelty is a style of theatre in which, through cruelty, the audience is made to experience "the truth they do not wish to see."
The purpose of T.O.C is to make the audience feel as uncomfortable/shocked as possible, therefore giving the viewers a unique and unforgettable experience.
List of Artaud plays
Jet of blood (January 17, 1925)
The Cenci (1922) Canceled after 17 shows for being to impactful

There are very little records of any other Artaud plays.
Antonin Artaud
Artaud believed that theatre should represent the reality of everyday life, and should therefore affect the audience as much as possible. He used a mixture of lighting, sound and shocking imagery.
Assaulting the senses
Artaud wanted to assault the audience's senses, he wanted to shock an already desensitised audience, into confronting themselves, their way of life, and the meaning and mystery of all existence.
Artuad used an extensive range of lights, sounds and brutal images. He believed that theatre should have just as expensive equipment as movies.
Theatre of Cruelty
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