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    practice of a number of theatre practitioners who responded to the political climate of the time through the creation of a new political theatre. These practitioners included Erwin Piscator, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold and, most famously, Bertolt Brecht.The term "epic theatre" comes from Erwin Piscator who coined it during his first year as director of Berlin's Volksbühne (1924–27). Piscator aimed to encourage playwrights to address issues related to "contemporary existence." This new subject

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    Bertolt Brecht was the pioneer of a new style of theatre, epic theatre. Epic theatre differentiates itself from Bertolt’s previous influences by presenting a series of loosely connected scenes that avoid illusion and often interrupt the story line to address the audience directly with analysis, argument, or documentation. He sought to remind the spectator that the play is an illustration of the playwright’s point of view rather than a slice from reality. This made audiences react with curiousity

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    “Suspend your disbelief,” is not what playwright Bertolt Brecht wants you to do when you see his musical about the story of the founding fathers on Broadway. Brecht wants his audience to be conscious of the fact that his musical is in fact just that: a musical. Hamilton’s purpose is to intrigue its audience intellectually to the point in which it sparks a deeper conversation and further research following the performance. Brecht and every aspect of his musical take ownership of the fact that the

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    Anton Chekov and Bertolt Brecht are two theatre practitioners whose work has had a significant impact on the development of modern theatrical practices. Both of these men’s contributions revolutionised the nature of theatre at their time and their work has greatly shaped modern acting techniques and theatre conventions. However, Brecht and Chekhov share more differences than similarities in the way they approached theatre. These differences are strikingly evident while examining their plays. This

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    The Life and Works of Bertolt Brecht In this essay I will consider the life and works of Bertolt Brecht, the famous theatre practitioner who has had such a dramatic impact on our understanding of the theatre and acting. First of all I will give a biography of Brecht because it is important to know the background of his life in order to understand the motives he had for writing and producing plays in the way he did. We will see a direct correlation between events in his life and the plays

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    audience play a part in the act of critically analyzing the scenes being performed. Bertolt Brecht elaborates and says “The one tribute we can pay the audience is to treat them as thoroughly intelligent…” (Roland, 2010). Epic theatre is able to change the way the society views the problems. This is done through a play and so everything being performed in front of the audience is open and they could see. Bertolt explored theatre as a forum for political theatre. His perspectives for epic theatre

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    Response Essay “Theatre makes us think about power and the way our society works and it does this with a clear purpose, to make a change.” The ideas of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1965) changed the theatre in many ways. Brecht along with Erwin Piscator developed the style of Epic theatre style contrasting to previous accepted styles. Presentational in form, Epic theatre is a vehicle for social comment through techniques such as: alienation, historification, eclectic influences (highly Asian), constructivism

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    Bertolt Brecht was a German playwright, theatre critic, and director. He created and developed epic theatre with the belief that theatre is not solely for entertainment but also tools for politics and social activism. Previous theatre performances offered a form of escapism. The audience would become emotionally invested in the performance. In contrast to the suspension of disbelief, Brecht never wanted the audience to fall into the performance. He wanted the audience to make judgments on the argument

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    Many of the African proverbs are similar towards many sayings from other countries also. Bertolt Brecht a German poet’s writing, “Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon” (Bertolt Brecht) can be similar towards the Ashanti’s meaningful message about how, “hunger is felt by a king” although Bertolt’s quote was not the exact same and both creators obviously did not know each other his quote can be implied in a way to this. A book is a tremendously strong weapon because books have the power to

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    2015), the political situation in the west paved the way for writers such as Bertolt Brecht, who through their work felt the need to fill the cultural vacuum created by the defeat of Nazism. The following essay will therefore discuss the impact of the 20th century on German-speaking literature, after which it will analyse the responses of Bertolt Brecht and Günter Eich to the historical and political events. Bertolt Brecht in response to the first world war, which he experienced as a teenager wrote

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