I think there is no world without theatre.
If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond
In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice
All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends. It's called competition. And competition is antagonism.
Our lives are awkward and fragile and we have only one thing to keep us sane: pity, and the man without pity is mad.
I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future.
In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.
It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas
We may seem competent, but by the end of next century there will be new deserts, new ruins.
Our unconscious is not more animal than our conscious, it is often even more human
The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama
Humanity's become a product and when humanity is a product, you get Auschwitz and you get Chair.
As Shakespeare himself knew, the peace, the reconciliation that he created on the stage would not last an hour on the street.
Art is the expression of the conviction that we can have a rational relationship with the world and each other. It isn't the faith or hope that we can, it is the demonstration that we can.
I don't think it's the job of theatre at the moment to provide political propaganda; that would be simplistic. We have to explore our situation further before we will understand it.
But we are not in the world to be good but to change it.
Shakespeare has no answers for us at all
The truth has got to appear plausible on the stage
Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand what our position is and, conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed
Art is the close scrutiny of reality and therefore I put on the stage only those things that I know happen in our society.
The theatre, our theatre, comes from the Greeks
The Greeks said very, very extreme things in their tragedies.
Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.
Violence is never a solution in my plays, just as ultimately violence is never a solution in human affairs.
Violence is hidden within democratic structures because they are not radically democratic - Western democracy is merely a domestic convenience of consumerism.
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