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Act Without Words I

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Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...A mime for one player, Act Without Words I was written in French in 1956, as Acte sans paroles I, with music by John Beckett, the author’s cousin...

‘The Cenci’ (1935)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

Books

...The Cenci On 10 February 1935 Artaud wrote to Gide that he had recently put the final touches to a tragedy, The Cenci, adapted from Shelley’s five-act tragedy written in 1819 and from Stendhal’s translation of a sixteenth-century...

The NRF Theatre Project (1931-3)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

Books

...To Jean-Richard Bloch 23 April 1931 Dear Sir, Could you not see a way, thinking seriously for a moment, of getting a project off the ground which would assist the creation of a new kind of theatre. Careful reading of your book Le...

Return to Paris (1946–8)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

Books

...Theatre and Anatomy (Le théâtre et l’anatomie) The last word about man is not yet spoken. I mean the question arises of knowing if man will continue to sport his nose in the middle of his face or if the two nostrils of the human...

Cinema (1926-32)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

Books

...Cinema and Reality (Cinéma et réalité) At present two courses seem to be open to the cinema, of which neither is the right one. The pure or absolute cinema on the one hand, and on the other this sort of venial hybrid art. The latter...

Act Without Words II

Written by

Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...A mime for two players, Act Without Words II was written in French, as Acte sans paroles II, at about the same time as Act Without Words I (1956). It was probably first performed probably at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, on 25...
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...In 17th Century Sicily, a clever valet named Mascarille tries to help his boss Lélie win the girl of his dreams -- only to find that Lélie is a monumental dunce who ruins every one of his intricate schemes. Undaunted, Mascarille invents...
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...Initially banned in France by King Louis, Molière's celebrated social satire Tartuffe exposes false piety and hypocrisy in the Catholic Church. When a pious fraud worms his way into a wealthy family and manipulates the patriarch into giving...

Early Writings (Paris 1921–5)

Artaud on Theatre

Methuen Drama, 1989

Books

...Charles Dullin’s L’Atelier (L’Atelier de Charles Dullin) In founding l’Atelier, Charles Dullin has undertaken the important business of purifying and regenerating the customs and spirit of French theatre, on whose present low state...
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...Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents whose whimsical aptitude for the spoken word is overshadowed by an attribute that is iconic, outrageous and gigantic—his nose. How can the curiously-snouted Cyrano ever hope to win...