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Edward Bond
July 18, 1934 -
Nationality: English
Category: Playwright
Subcategory: English Playwright

At the turn of the century theatre does not have to be prescriptive.


Whatever the economy needs to maintain itself, the government will do it.


You have to learn the language of Hamlet.


If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond.


Violence is never a solution in my plays, just as ultimately violence is never a solution in human affairs.


When humanness is lost the radical difference between the bodies in the pit and people walking on the street is lost.


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.


I'm not interested in an imaginary world.


It seems to me that we are profoundly ignorant of ourselves.


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.


The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama.


What I try to do in a play is put a problem on stage, head-on, without evasion.


It's wonderful to be able to sit down and write a play.


It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.


The one overall structure in my plays is language.


First there was the theatre of people and animals, then of people and the devil. Now we need the theatre of people and people.


What Shakespeare and the Greeks were able to do was radically question what it meant to be a human being.


Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.


In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.


Auschwitz is a place in which tragedy cannot occur.


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