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0504: Theatre of Cruelty in Dramatis Personal 17th Jun, 2019

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Mel Cormac edit delete
Mel Cormac
Not pictured: Antonin Artaud spinning in his grave.
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steveha edit delete reply
steveha
If Antonin Artaud was alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave.

But no sense in crying over spilled milk under the bridge.
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
Pff! XD
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
New phone who dis

No seriously, I got a new phone and forgot to log in before responding to comments on my own damn comic. Welp.
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
I wouldn't want to waste my time digging a grave under a bridge and spin around in it trying to fill it with tears made of milk. My daily apple is too busy busy blaming its tools for that.
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Oh my goodness I'm not sure if this is a triumph or a crime I just read
steveha edit delete reply
steveha
Remember: you can lead a horse to water, and eat it too.
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
You guys are killing me, these are so good!
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
The subject is theatre of cruelty, which dear wikipedia informs me features surrealism, attacks on being conventional, and attempts to bypass the use of language to get at deeper emotions and meaning. My inner edgelord-teenager took this thin excuse and ran with it....

After all, it only takes one bad apple to count in horseshoes.
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
Excuse me, allow me to correct myself: It only takes one bad apple to count in bombs and horseshoes.
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
....Where has this kind of theatre been all my life? Most works of fiction I'm familiar with are overly self-consistent, linear, cliché-infested, and politically regressive in ways like promoting just-world fallacies. On second thought, I know why this isn't more popular: Fiction is often used as a way to escape from what we don't like about the real world, including our own partial responsibility for it being that way. Never mind, this train of thought seems to have looped back to the station already.

If the work in question is Les Cenci then my wikipedia-browsing level of familiarity with the subject does trip and faceplant over a comparison with videogames which deliberately glitch out. A better comparison may be videogames of gratuitous violation, destruction, and other atrocities, except that those rarely are very shocking or morally challenging for the players.
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
If Artaud were alive today I imagine he'd be making angry response videos to anyone who calls fiction escapism.

At this point I probably have the same level of knowledge. It's been almost ten whole years since I studied theatre so I had to refresh my memory and relearn everything about the guy and his practice.
anonymous coward (Guest) edit delete reply
Y'know what? I dare you--or whoever on the internet thinks they can do a credible job--to channel Artaud doing something like that. Propose as a starting target: Super Mario Brothers, jumping, stomping, consuming drugs and trying to rescue princess peach from Bowser the dragon turtle. :D
Mel Cormac edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
I have actually been thinking about writing a blog/essay on modern storytelling from the perspective of another theatre practitioner, called "Brechting Bad"
Blotto edit delete reply
Blotto
A purposeful glitch, eh? That actually sounds pretty cool