On 5 March 2017, Lucy Pitman-Wallace, co-founder and director of Three-Legged Theatre Company and former associate director at the RSC, held a masterclass for the MA Theatre Lab on Antonin Artaud and putting into practice his theories on The Theatre of Cruelty.
Antonin Artaud saw both the world around him, and theatre itself, in need of change. Deeply influenced by surrealism, he tried to create a theatre that could awake the dormant dream images of the mind. Although Artaud sounds very interesting on a theoretical level, he is one of those practitioners that is often difficult for theatre folks to grapple with, since his ideas go beyond the ‘norms’ into the foreign ground of the unconscious. Therefore, the best way to approach the essence of his work is by experimenting through engagement of our instrument – the body. And that’s what we did.