oa Marang : Journal of Language and Literature - Holding talks: Ola Rotimi and the theatre of the absurd

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1816-7659



The Theatre of the Absurd, an avant-garde experiment in the theatrical enterprise, was devised in the 1950s and early 1960s by radical European and American dramatists to express their frustrations at the waste and hopelessness of human existence, particularly after the First and the Second World Wars. Operating from philosophical and etaphysical levels, Absurd dramatists artistically communicate non-realistic unconventional images that are designed to express the incomprehensible complex world that human beings are condemned to live in. The aesthetics of this theatre abandon logical flow of actions; the plays are plotless, characters lack individuality, language used by the characters is sheer gibberish, and often the plays contain no believable stories.

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