We are still living in the aftershock of Hiroshima, people are still the scars of history.
I think there is no world without theatre.
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.
But we are not in the world to be good but to change it.
In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice.
The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama.
What Shakespeare and the Greeks were able to do was radically question what it meant to be a human being.
Auschwitz is a place in which tragedy cannot occur.
Fifteen years ago I walked out of a production of one of my plays at the RSC because I decided it was a waste of time.
Humanity's become a product and when humanity is a product, you get Auschwitz and you get Chair.
Violence is hidden within democratic structures because they are not radically democratic - Western democracy is merely a domestic convenience of consumerism.
Violence is never a solution in my plays, just as ultimately violence is never a solution in human affairs.
In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.
It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.
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