Here is a very brief overview on the 80s theatre, the context in which
Complicite were formed:
It might be considered that the ÂhallmarkÂ of the 80s was a new growing
attitude that advocated the Âblurring of distinctions between ÂdramaÂ and
other elements of the theatreÂ. A new wave of thought challenged the
traditional notion that the text is of prime importance to the play. The
performers and practitioners of this era were hugely influenced by the
Oriental theatre forms, in which the approach to a playÂs text comes second
to the Âtotality of the experienceÂ. The theatre also questioned the
accepted style of ÂrealismÂ, often favouring the use of epic dramaturgy, a
more suitable medium for addressing political issues of the time. In fact,
Ânew forms of contemporary performance ignored realistic representation
altogether, putting an emphasis on the performance of the actual body in
The "1980s Theatre" Research Group.
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