Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 774. Friday, 12 November 1993.
Date: Friday, 12 Nov 1993 11:44:02 +0000
Subject: article re: Peter Brook
An interesting article in the London Times Features Section - Thu, 11 Nov 93:
"Stages in a search for truth" by James Woodall reports on Peter Brook "one of
the central figures in postwar theatre" and his return to the London stage.
The article talks of his "1970 RSC A Midsummer Night's Dream" "hailed
as a 20th-century theatrical milestone", his first book "The Empty Space"
(1968), his second book, "The Shifting Point", (1988) and his forthcoming
volume of theatrical essays, "There Are No Secrets" (to be published by
Methuen). The article continues:
> Does the new book pick up where The Empty Space left off? ``One
> can never express oneself clearly enough,'' Brook says. ``This
> book takes what's in The Empty Space, and makes it more specific
> and, I hope, simpler. I was careful, in The Empty Space, to avoid
> giving any exercises that could be latched onto and used as a
> method, as I know how harmful that can be. Here, I give more precise
> examples of what I do with actors, with the same warnings:
> if these examples are not used mechanically, they can help someone
> to find his own equivalents.''
Brook is quoted as saying:
``Ever since I began working outside European culture, I have
realised, like Coriolanus, that there is `a world elsewhere'.
What interests me is to bring these worlds together, to see how
something of the one can bring out something new and deeper in