1960s Guerrilla Theatre: Fascinating Resources from the Decade of Protests

1960s Guerrilla Theatre: Fascinating Resources from the Decade of Protests

Guerrilla theatre is a form of theatrical protest popularised in America in the 1960s by the San Fransisco Mime Troupe. Commedia dell’Arte and satire were actually the group’s principal modes of performance, not mime. At its purest, guerrilla theatre was left-wing political activism in the form of avant-garde performance in non-traditional spaces such as public parks and sidewalks.

Surrealism Theatre Resources

Surrealism Theatre 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

Fringe Theatre

Fringe Theatre

Fringe theatre is theatre that is not of the mainstream. The term comes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which name comes from Robert Kemp, who described the unofficial companies performing at the same time as the second Edinburgh International Festival (1948) as a “fringe”, writing: “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to…