Coffee, Cake, Debate – The Poor Theatre
Polish theatre maker Jerzy Grotowski defined his theory of ‘poor theatre’ as: the Theatre that values the body of the actor and its relation with the spectator and does away with costumes, decor and music.
In this Coffee, Cake, Debate we will be delving into the notion of essence in a performance, a piece of art, or anything when you strip it right back to it’s barest state. How does this apply to our own work, the work we love, and even our own selves.
How can removal of these familiar, comfortable and seemingly important things potentially improve a piece of work and allow it to reveal something more direct? Can it? Does it? Come along and join the discussion from 5pm at Home cafe.
We will begin with a transcript of an interview between Grotowski and Jean-Marie Drot from 1969 and take it from there.