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Year 9 - Drama: Practitioners


About Bertolt Brecht

A playwright, poet, and director who became the major German dramatist of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht developed what became known as epic, or nondramatic, theater. His theory is expounded in A Little Organum for the Theater (1948). 

Born in Germany in 1898, Brecht started off as a medical student, but he had more interest in literature and drama than. After serving in WWI, his first play, Baal, was completed in 1918. His second play, Spartakus brought Brecht immediate recognition and he was awarded the Kleist prize as the most promising young playwright of the year.

Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1933, Brecht lived in exile in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United States. Among the best-known plays from this period were Mother Courage and Her Children (1941), The Life of Galileo (1943), The Good Woman of Setzuan (1943), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1948).

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About Artaud

Antonin Artaud was a French dramatist, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director, widely recognized as one of the major figures of twentieth-century theatre and the European avant-garde. He is best known for conceptualizing a 'Theatre of Cruelty'His ideas were adopted by such playwrights as Orton and Genet and were vividly seen in Barrault's adaptation of Kafka's The Trial (1947).

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