By Edward Bond
An very important, pressing e-book of essays from Britain's such a lot not easy dramatist: "…a nice playwright - many, really in continental Europe, might say the best residing English playwright." (The Independent)
This choice of passionate and polemical essays bargains with drama from its foundation within the human brain to its use in background and the current. It explains the hidden operating of drama at the back of the kingdom, faith, kin, crime and battle. it's a progressive figuring out of the human global with drama at its centre. A ruthless critique of the theatre's current country and its trivialisation as leisure by means of the media, it finds and sees a thorough new theatre for the long run. Edward Bond is across the world regarded as an enormous playwright and a number one theoretician of drama. he's the main played British dramatist overseas. this can be his most up-to-date and most crucial account of the which means and perform of theatre as we commence a brand new millennium.
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The passengers step down from the standing train. They wear fashionable clothes, gloves, kid shoes. They wander among the herd. The children are amused. The desperate businessman pleads with a cow - doesn't it know he will be bankrupt if he is late, he will lose his wife (who already has affairs), his children will starve? The cow stares and chews. The two lovers find Pearl White. She has fainted. They think she is dead. He kneels and touches her face. Her eyes open. Is she in heaven? Is he an angel?
Drama is logic not reason - but it is rational to be logical. Then we understand the way death is reasoned and the logic of living. I f we do not we create destruction, cruelty, triviality and - total death - the human absence. Understand yourself. This means: understand your situation - Drama *5 understand the structures of the W-stage. Since the death of God this understanding is essential to drama. Without the logic of imagination science is still-born and technology will perform the abortion of humankind.
Don't know i f it was ours or theirs. Touched it to my face. I said to it "No, feel me. That's dead. ' The trickle of blood has run down the soldier's arm. It reaches his hand. It is arched over the cup on his knee. The fingers hold it by the rim. The blood trickles down a finger and slowly drips into the empty cup. Drip. Drip. It fills it. The officer's voice: 'Some men strip the dead and put on their clothes. Feel safer in a dead man's clothes. They say no one's killed in them twice. Death recognizes its own by the clothes.
The Hidden Plot: Notes on Theatre and the State by Edward Bond