Bertolt Brecht: "art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it”

May 1, 2007

Bertolt Brecht: Another fellow who was let down by first the right and then left.
How can one be so zealous in your political beliefs when you read about this kind of life?
Although Brecht’s work and ideas about theatre are generally thought of as belonging to modernism, there is recent thought that he is the forerunner of contemporary postmodern theatre practice. This is particularly so because he questioned and dissolved many of the accepted practices of the theatre of his time and created a uniquely political theatre, that involved the audience in understanding its meaning. Moreover, he was one of the first theatre practitioners to incorporate multimedia into the semiotics of theatre.