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    characters and logical dialogues, the plays that are categorized as absurd lack all of these essential elements. For this reason, actors playing Vladimir must first fully comprehend the practice of Theatre of the Absurd and the implicit information about the characters in the play script. The original notion of Theatre of the Absurd came from the existentialist philosopher Albert Camus who said, “The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world” . During the devastating World War two, the endless wars as well as the loss of traditional and moral values cause many to question the meaning of life. A group of…

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    This essay is a comparative study of two Absurd plays. But before we start with the essay let’s look at what the Theatre of the Absurd is. The ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ is a post- World War II concept. The first and the most important playwrights of this movement were Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Arthur Adamov and Jean Genet. These plays focus on or represent the absurdity of human existence. Absurdity in this context means disharmony or meaninglessness. This style of writing was first used by…

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    Absurd Theatre Analysis

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    Good morning distinguished guests I’m Samantha Crawford and it’s a pleasure to be here discussing the performance Absurd by Homunculus theatre company. Absurd is about “An internationally renowned brother and sister comic duo… doing a lecture on 4 adaptions of 4 Absurdist Plays” (Humunculous theatre company, n.d.).This production successfully produced a fascinating and interesting theatrical form of entertainment through the clever utilisation of the elements of drama; specially movement,…

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    Abhimanyu Rajshekar (Block F) Context: Theatre of the Absurd has its roots set in the avant-garde experiments in art in the 1920’s-1930’s. It was strongly influenced by the horrors of World War Two, where the impermanence of values and morality, validity of conventions and the meaninglessness of human life and its social conventions were questioned. These beliefs were stimulated by the constant threat of nuclear annihilation in Europe in 1945, and played an important role in its rise in Europe.…

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    “Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful.” This quote extracted from Waiting for Godot, an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett that premiered on 5 January 1953, holds the essence of absurdist theatre and what its playwrights seek to express- the inescapable meaningless and futility of life. The origins of absurdist theatre are commonly linked to the avant-garde experimentations of the 19th century, but there has been speculation that there were traces of absurdist theatre in works…

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    Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter are two powerful dramatist of post modern times. They talk about existential crisis in their dramas. In fact, both Beckett and Pinter are associated with absurd movement. The absurd movement describes the meaninglessness and uncertainty of human life. This movement was influenced by existential philosophy of Sartre, Camus and Heidegger. Martin Asslin’s book The Theatre of Absurd is an authentic discussion on the theme of absurdism as presented by post modern…

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    Absurdism In Ubu Rex

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    “What the hell is going on?” was my initial reaction when I entered the theatre room for Ubu Rex. Absurdism was what governed the preface, as the actors flailed around and behaved in meaningless and confusing ways, baffling the audience --precisely the playwright’s intent. Alfred Jerry’s grotesque “Ubu Rex” may well as be the perfect play to describe our current political climate. After all, it does involve a vulgar, incompetent and impulsive individual who manages to bully his way into power,…

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    The language is made up of puns and repetitions, as the conversation seems to go round in circles. To us, the plays can appear widely comic and have elements of commedia, burlesque and music hall in their roots. However, underneath the apparently pointless communication there can be a distinguished serious message or discussion at metaphysical level, to do with existence and death. Surrealism, existentialism and expressionism are important influences, when it first appeared in Paris theatre of…

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    Primacy Play

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    Primacy meets the conventions set up by Martin Esslin about the theater of the absurd. The repetitive and meaningless dialogue, confusing situations along with unrealistic plots each of these present in the play represent the makeup that consist inside the absurd theater. There are also other multiple ways that make up this play as absurd. One aspect of the absurd is that the plays are only limited in their setting along with what they do, and so is Primacy, “All the plays are restricted in…

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    historical crisis namely: economic depressions; World Wars; Hitler’s monstrosities on Jewish population; Stalin’s misuse of Marx’s ideology. However, it was the World war II that gave life to Absurdist movement. The tragic events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused the trauma of living under nuclear threat which resulted in realization of precariousness of human existence. Suddenly, not only abstract thinkers but also wide population was exposed to idea of absurdity of human life. Consequently, the…

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