Antonin Artaud

We have been asked to look at a theatre practitioner, or ‘master’, to research and hopefully influence our designs, and so I am going to look at Artaud and his theatre of cruelty. I studied him during my A Levels and was intrigued by his methods and so I would like to take influence from this for my design for Hamlet.

I am also looking at Sarah Kane and some of her works, although she is not technically a ‘master’ her plays and how I imagine them, are similar to what I intend to design for Hamlet. I would like to set the play in some form of post-apocalyptic world which is very bleak and bare; the complete opposite to how Hamlet would have originally been performed. By looking at Artaud and Kane I think I will be able to achieve this.

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