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Epic Theatre

  Epic Theatre is a term used by theatre scholars to describe dramatic and theatrical practices originally associated with Brecht and Piscator. The idea is to combat audiences\' tendencies to empathic reactions (such as were demanded by the theatre of naturalism). Brecht developed a range of strategies to achieve an alienation effect, whereby the audience remained aware of the processes of the theatrical event and were thus able to reflect on its intellectual and emotional implications as it happened, rather than be consumed by it. Very little contemporary dramaturgy and staging is unaffected in some way by Epic Theatre. TRG SS

See also drama; theatre.Further reading J.L. Styan, Modern Drama in Theory and Practice 3: Expressionism and Epic Theatre; , John Willett, (ed.), Brecht on Theatre; , John Willett, The Theatre of Erwin Piscator.



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