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Surrealism Resources

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. – Justin Cash

Drama Online Entry on surrealist drama from The Continuum Companion to 20th Century Theatre.

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

Surrealism-Plays Website focusing on surrealist theatre and the general avant-garde theatre movement.

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

Theatre Database Useful article on the origins of surrealism in the theatre.

Wikipedia Brief entry on surrealist theatre.

Last updated by Justin Cash

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