All of my senior students have been Brooked at some point….and quite rightly so. When IB Theatre students ‘do’ their TPPP, the man never fails to make an appearance. This week, his latest play, based on a township short story by the South African dissident Can Themba, opens in London. In the video link below the legendary director discusses the links between the apartheid era and today’s political protests, looks back on a 70-year career – and explains why finding simplicity on stage is more complicated than you’d think.
Brook gave the interview to The Guardian newspaper, and in the same edition, their theatre blogger, Peter Lam talks about the influence Brook had on him:
Peter Brook’s writings made me want to do drama – and his restless exploration of the form, and the world, makes him one of its greatest living exponents
And finally, how could I blog about the great man without quoting his most famous utterance
I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across an empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged