Was Artaud a bit Jacobean? I think so.

The-Changeling-Young-Vic-681x1024Thinking about Artaud and one of my favourite plays The Changeling…

The Theatre of Cruelty’s advantage as a stylistic genre is that it allows pre-existing existing plays to be considered in a new, and often more challenging, context, none more so than the sell-out production of The Changeling at the Young Vic theatre in 2012. This Jacobean tragedy is known as an example of the struggle against the patriarchal domination of the seventeenth century, but its latest performance – brain child of Joe Hill-Gibbins, the Deputy Artistic Director of the Young Vic– takes on a much more Artaudian persona, allowing the production to become the centre of a bone-chilling exposé of mental illness and life in an asylum. This emphasis on the subplot about “madmen and fools” is almost too close to Artaud, who spent most of his later life in asylums, suffering from undiagnosed schizophrenia. http://www.nouse.co.uk/2013/03/05/the-movements-the-theatre-of-cruelty/

http://fromthecomfortofyourticket.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/review-the-changeling-young-vic/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/9707945/The-Changeling-Young-Vic-London-review.html

 

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About La (Paula) Mor

La (Paula) Mór is a theatre teacher and director. She has taught and directed in the UK and internationally for 20+ years, both at Secondary and University level. La is currently working on Jeju Island in South Korea at Branksome Hall Asia where she develops original, contemporary theatre with her students and continues research into the applications of the Viewpoints in Theatre Education. La has been trained in Anne Bogart's 9 Viewpoints by SITI Theatre Company and Zen Zen Zo and delivers international Viewpoints training to young people, undergraduates, performers and lecturers. Academic background: BA(Hons) Bristol University; PGCE Leeds University; MA Applied Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama.

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