Category: Genres and Styles

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Epic Theatre Conventions

Along with Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht was one of the most influential figures of 20th century theatre and the most significant practitioner since World War II. Brecht’s theories for the stage, including his well-known epic theatre form and alienation techniques, made him a force to be reckoned with. Although it...

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Poor Theatre Conventions

Polish theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski is best known for his intense actor training system in the 1960s and 70s. At the Laboratory Theatre, Grotowski and his actors experimented with the physical, spiritual and ritualistic aspects of theatre, the nature of role, the relationship between actor and spectator, and his concept...

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Realism and Naturalism Theatre Conventions

One of the more confusing aspects of theatre history and performance styles for teachers and students is the differences between realism and naturalism. The two schools of thought and subsequent movements in the theatre were distinct and separate, though blurred with historical time lines and similarities in style. As a...

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Theatre of Cruelty Conventions

Sadly, the mastermind known as Antonin Artaud was not always a lucid one. The man who coined the term ‘theatre of cruelty’ spent a significant portion of his later life in asylums, and when on the outside, addicted to opium. Much of Artaud’s writings on the theatre are difficult to...