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All I can do is instil this with urgency into my drama.
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All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends. It's called competition. And competition is antagonism.
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Art is the close scrutiny of reality and therefore I put on the stage only those things that I know happen in our society.
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At the turn of the century theatre does not have to be prescriptive.
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Auschwitz is a place in which tragedy cannot occur.
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But I'm not interested in violence for the sake of violence.
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But nobody imagined Auschwitz, nobody imagined Hiroshima.
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But we are not in the world to be good but to change it.
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But when we lose humanness we have no way of knowing we have lost it.
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Fifteen years ago I walked out of a production of one of my plays at the RSC because I decided it was a waste of time.
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First there was the theatre of people and animals, then of people and the devil. Now we need the theatre of people and people.
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Humanity's become a product and when humanity is a product, you get Auschwitz and you get Chair.
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I don't think it's the job of theatre at the moment to provide political propaganda; that would be simplistic. We have to explore our situation further before we will understand it.
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I have to do is to make people realise that they need justice to be human and that justice is something collective.
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I think there is no world without theatre.
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I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad. Because it's my way of making the world rational to me.
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I'm interested in the real world.
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I'm not interested in an imaginary world.
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If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond.
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In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice.
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In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.
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It seems to me that we are profoundly ignorant of ourselves.
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It's insulting to ask a dramatist what his view of his play is. I have no opinion.
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It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.
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It's wonderful to be able to sit down and write a play.
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Later when bombs were dropped in the first Gulf War I spoke at a peace rally.
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My plays are not particularly violent, actually.
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Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand what our position is and, conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed.
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Our unconscious is not more animal than our conscious, it is often even more human.
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Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.
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Saved is almost irresponsibly optimistic.
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Shakespeare has no answers for us at all.
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So society has become more and more disorientated, lost and destructive.
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The English sent all their bores abroad, and acquired the Empire as a punishment.
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The Greeks said very, very extreme things in their tragedies.
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The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama.
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The natural order says certain things are born, make love, eat and die.
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The one overall structure in my plays is language.
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The theatre, our theatre, comes from the Greeks.
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The truth has got to appear plausible on the stage.
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The world of Chair is absolutely possible if we don't learn to describe what's happening to us.
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Theatre need not formalise questions and consume audiences by empty entertainment.
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Violence is hidden within democratic structures because they are not radically democratic - Western democracy is merely a domestic convenience of consumerism.
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Violence is never a solution in my plays, just as ultimately violence is never a solution in human affairs.
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We are still living in the aftershock of Hiroshima, people are still the scars of history.
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We may seem competent, but by the end of next century there will be new deserts, new ruins.
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We were sent home in time for them - the blitz. I was bombed night after night after night. I dreaded the coming darkness.
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We're on a treadmill, and the fact that some of the bars of the treadmill are made of sugar candy, and we can lick them as they go round, doesn't make our position any securer.
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What I try to do in a play is put a problem on stage, head-on, without evasion.
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What Shakespeare and the Greeks were able to do was radically question what it meant to be a human being.
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Whatever the economy needs to maintain itself, the government will do it.
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When humanness is lost the radical difference between the bodies in the pit and people walking on the street is lost.
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You have to articulate ideas through human beings whom you judge in the same way as you judge your parents or children or friends - a very complex way of judging.
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You have to go to the ultimate situation in drama.
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You have to learn the language of Hamlet.
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You've said that you cannot make drama popular. I absolutely disbelieve this.
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