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Encyclopedia > Theatre of Cruelty (Discworld)

"Theatre of Cruelty" is a short Discworld story by Terry Pratchett written in 1993. The name derives from a theory coined and advocated by Antonin Artaud (Theatre of Cruelty).

It was originally written for W. H. Smith Bookcase magazine and was then slightly modified and extended, being published again in the programme of the OryCon 15 convention, and then again in The Wizards of Odd, a compilation of fantasy short stories.

It has since been made available on the Internet, with Pratchett having stated, "I don't want to see it distributed in print anywhere but don't mind people downloading it for their own enjoyment."

The story involves both the Ankh-Morpork City Watch and a parallel of Punch and Judy.

External link

  • "Theatre of Cruelty" (http://www.lspace.org/books/toc/) at The L-Space Web

Terry Pratchett's Discworld

The Colour of Magic - The Light Fantastic - Equal Rites - Mort - Sourcery - Wyrd Sisters - Pyramids - Guards! Guards! - Eric - Moving Pictures - Reaper Man - Witches Abroad - Small Gods - Lords and Ladies - Men at Arms - Soul Music - Interesting Times - Maskerade - Feet of Clay - Hogfather - Jingo - The Last Continent - Carpe Jugulum - The Fifth Elephant - The Truth - Thief of Time - The Last Hero - Night Watch - Monstrous Regiment - Going Postal

Young Adult Novels:

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - Wee Free Men - A Hat Full of Sky

The Discworld

Albert - Angua - Carrot Ironfoundersson - Cohen the Barbarian - Fred Colon - Death - Detritus - C.M.O.T. Dibbler - Gaspode - Greebo - Igor - Bloody Stupid Johnson - Leonard of Quirm - The Librarian - Lu-Tze - The Luggage - Mort - Samuel Vimes - Susan Sto Helit - Havelock Vetinari - Discworld gods - Other characters


Ankh-Morpork - Agatean Empire - Death's Domain - Dungeon Dimensions - Lancre - Muntab - Quirm - Unseen University - XXXX


Anorankh - Band with Rocks In - Calendar - City Watch - Clacks - Magic - Minor Discworld concepts

  Results from FactBites:
Theatre of Cruelty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (235 words)
By cruelty, he meant not sadism or causing pain, but rather a violent, physical determination to shatter the false reality which, he said, lies like a shroud over our perceptions.
The Theatre of Cruelty was Artaud's attempt to not only revolutionize theatre, but also it was his attempt to free l'esprit (roughly translated to mean the combination of mind and soul) from the stifling grip of culture.
In 2003 the Cinémathèque Française featured a program called "The Cinema of Cruelty" which featured films, such as Roger Avary's "Killing Zoe," that followed Antonin Artaud's mandates for the Theatre of Cruelty.
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