I think there is no world without theatre.
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 end I think theatre has only one subject: justice
Our lives are awkward and fragile and we have only one thing to keep us sane: pity, and the man without pity is mad.
If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond.
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.
The Greeks said very, very extreme things in their tragedies.
But we are not in the world to be good but to change it.
What I try to do in a play is put a problem on stage, head-on, without evasion.
It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas
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.
The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama
Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.
In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.
Art is the close scrutiny of reality and therefore I put on the stage only those things that I know happen in our society.
When humanness is lost the radical difference between the bodies in the pit and people walking on the street is lost.
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
I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad. Because it's my way of making the world rational to me.
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.
We may seem competent, but by the end of next century there will be new deserts, new ruins.
Humanity's become a product and when humanity is a product, you get Auschwitz and you get Chair.
The truth has got to appear plausible on the stage
Shakespeare has no answers for us at all
Our unconscious is not more animal than our conscious, it is often even more human
What Shakespeare and the Greeks were able to do was radically question what it meant to be a human being.
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