The theatre of the absurd french thtre de labsurde tet d lapsyd is a post world war ii designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily european playwrights in the late 1950s as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Theatre of the absurd theatre of the absurd dramatic works of certain european and american dramatists of the 1950s and early 60s who agreed with the existentialist philosopher albert camuss assessment in his essay the myth of sisyphus 1942 that the human situation is essentially absurd devoid of purpose the. The theatre of the absurd was a short lived yet significant theatrical movement centred in paris in the 1950s unusual in this instance was the absence of a. Origin and characteristics of the theatre of the absurd the theatre of the absurd is a term coined by the critic martin esslin for the work of a number of playwrights mostly written in the 1950s and 1960s
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