Chapter 4. Writing Space: Beckett and Brecht

  1. W. B. Worthen

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317374.ch4

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

How to Cite

Worthen, W. B. (2009) Writing Space: Beckett and Brecht, in Drama: Between Poetry and Performance, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317374.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153416

Online ISBN: 9781444317374



  • writing space - Beckett and Brecht;
  • Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words I - agency of writing in the framing of theatrical space;
  • Beckett's blending of presentational space of stage - with represented space of drama, is distinctive;
  • writing, not creating space, used to transform it, to lend spatial configuration of a specific theatrical location significance;
  • Quad - Euclidean dramaturgies;
  • Quad as “really more a set of assembly instructions than a play proper”;
  • dramatic writing, never brought into play as “speech”, nonetheless claiming a place in the spectacle;
  • Quad allegorizing agency of dramatic writing - as it engages material space of the stage;
  • Quad dramatic allegory of a model of theatrical spatiality - associated with Beckett;
  • Brechtian Technologies - claiming a theatre of production changes spectator's relation to the events


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Quad: Euclidean Dramaturgies

  • By Accepting This License

  • What Where: Brechtian Technologies