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Bertolt Brecht approached acting in an especially distinct manner separating himself and his plays from conventional theatre of mid last century Brecht aimed to develop an experimental theatre that challenged convention and allowed the audience to not only be entertained but to make them think Brecht wanted his audience to leave a theatrical event and discuss and debate the issues at hand His distinctive techniques and epic approach to acting allowed him to pursue this aim whilst equipping actors with the physical and theoretical method with which to work Brechts teachings and ideas continue to effect contemporary theatre performance Brecht entered a theatre ruled primarily by realistic acting often focusing on the techniques employed by Stanislavski and his System Realism was definitely the norm and achieving empathy with an audience seemed the primary concern of actors of the time It has been suggested that Brecht believed On the Epic Stage no effort is made to put the audience in a trance and give them the illusion of witnessing natural unrehearsed events Actors on Acting 1970 p308 Brechts distance from conventional theatre and its techniques made his approach to acting particularly individual Brechts approach to acting was categorised as epic for a number of reasons Epic theatre originated from Classic Greek Theatre from which Brecht developed many of his distinct acting techniques Brechts plays were also very descriptive an aspect also typical of epic drama In addition to this the plays Brecht wrote or directed were also all set in the past This historical perspective of the action of the play was also characteristically epic Brecht wrote that The concern of the epic theatre is that human behaviour is shown as alterable man himself as dependant on certain political and economic factors and at the same time as capable of altering them Brecht 1964b p86 in Zarilli 1998 p262 Brecht is referring here to his aim that instead of imitating the style employed by
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