Epic Theatre is a theatrical style that developed in the early 20th century, primarily attributed to the work of Bertolt Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble. It has come to be known as one of the most influential styles of modern theater. An attack against Capitalism, Brecht used a combination of education and entertainment (a key idea in Epic Theatre) in an attempt to persuade his audiences towards Communism. This was done through a process of disassociating the audience from empathising with the plot or character using, what Brecht labelled, the Verfremdungseffekt (estrangement effect).
- Mumford, Meg 2009, ‘Bertolt Brecht’, Routledge, Taylor Francis Group, Oxon.