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" It seems to me that we are profoundly ignorant of ourselves. "
" Auschwitz is a place in which tragedy cannot occur. "
" Humanity's become a product and when humanity is a product, you get Auschwitz and you get Chair. "
" The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama. "
" We are still living in the aftershock of Hiroshima, people are still the scars of history. "
" The one overall structure in my plays is language. "
" You have to go to the ultimate situation in drama. "
" The English sent all their bores abroad, and acquired the Empire as a punishment. "
" It's wonderful to be able to sit down and write a play. "
" Art is the close scrutiny of reality and therefore I put on the stage only those things that I know happen in our society. "
" I'm not interested in an imaginary world. "
" At the turn of the century theatre does not have to be prescriptive. "
" But we are not in the world to be good but to change it. "
" Our unconscious is not more animal than our conscious, it is often even more human. "
" When humanness is lost the radical difference between the bodies in the pit and people walking on the street is lost. "
" It's insulting to ask a dramatist what his view of his play is. I have no opinion. "
" I don't think it's the job of theatre at the moment to provide political propaganda; that would be simplistic. We have to explore our situation further before we will understand it. "
" If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond. "
" In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice. "
In The End
" Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done. "
" All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends. It's called competition. And competition is antagonism. "
" What I try to do in a play is put a problem on stage, head-on, without evasion. "
" The truth has got to appear plausible on the stage. "
" Shakespeare has no answers for us at all. "
" First there was the theatre of people and animals, then of people and the devil. Now we need the theatre of people and people. "
" Whatever the economy needs to maintain itself, the government will do it. "
" I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad. Because it's my way of making the world rational to me. "
" Fifteen years ago I walked out of a production of one of my plays at the RSC because I decided it was a waste of time. "
" I think there is no world without theatre. "
" Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand what our position is and, conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed. "
" In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised. "