We looked at this post-WWII play called Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros is a play written by Eugène Ionesco, a Romanian-French playwright, that explores the reaction of a community to humans turning into rhinoceroses. It is believed to imply the turn into Nazi supporters since it reflects Eugène Ionesco’s personal experience. Nevertheless, he never made a clear statement about the intended symbolism of the animal.
Looking at the dramatic script the aim is to investigate what happens when the actors and the cast are working with a script and written dialogues, making the part left to be determined even less. Already having experience (Devised theatre) with forms of theatre in which the cast and actors have to determine elements such as the movements, choreography and words, I am excited to explored something completely opposite in nature.
Most people identify the play to belong in the “Theatre of the Absurd”, but there are many who contradict this claim.
Theatre of the absurd
The Theatre of the Absurd (French: théâtre de l’absurd [teɑtʁ(ə) də lapsyʁd]) 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.