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Oedipus Rex is a classic Greek play fitting the Aristotelian mould of tragedy In my production of this piece I would like to set it in a post-apocalyptic futuristic stetting In doing this I would like to draw parallels between modern audiences and the original role of the audience for which the play was written I am also incorporating the ideas of Artaud namely his target of Theatre of Cruelty Theatre will never be itself again that is to say will never be able to form truly illusive means unless it provides the audience with truthful distillations of dreams where its taste for crime its erotic obsessions its savageness its fantasises its utopian sense of life and objects even its cannibalism do not gush out on an illusory make-believe but on an inner level I feel his focus on creating the conditions for the audience to revel in taboo subjects and break with the passive nature of the modern audience could be harnessed within this production Ideally I would produce the piece in the Cottesloe theatre within the National Theatre complex I have designed a publicity flyer for my production appendix 1 The red within it links with the colour themes I have chosen and create an immediate focus on the eyes of the characters and the inclusion of the actors playing Jocasta and Oedipus means they are linked in the minds of the audience before the play starts Within the frame of performance as a whole what happens before the performance begins is often negated in its sign generating potential but I intend to consciously use my choice of publicity and venue to encode expectations for the audience My set appendix 2 takes inspiration from the traditional Greek Roman amphitheatre Amphitheatres were social centres visible from across cities and it is a resonance with this that has shaped my vision for the seating and the venue choice for this production The National
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