Surrealism

Surrealism in the theatre was noticeably less prominent than in the visual arts, centring mainly in Paris in the 1920s. Typical conventions included dream sequences, illogical plots and fantasy elements. This avant-garde theatre movement was the very antithesis of realism. Theatre practitioner Antonin Artaud was briefly associated with the surrealists. The form paved the way for future movements such as Theatre of the Absurd.

Excellent educational article focusing for students from The Drama Teacher focusing on the many conventions of surrealist theatre.

Useful article on the origins of the surrealist movement in theatre from Theatre Database.

Academic interview with academic Dr Ros Murray about Antonin Artaud’s rocky connection with the surrealist movement.

Encyclopaedic entry on surrealist drama from The Continuum Companion to 20th Century Theatre at Drama Online.