The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama.
We are still living in the aftershock of Hiroshima, people are still the scars of history.
I think there is no world without theatre.
Violence is hidden within democratic structures because they are not radically democratic - Western democracy is merely a domestic convenience of consumerism.
Auschwitz is a place in which tragedy cannot occur.
If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond.
But we are not in the world to be good but to change it.
The Greeks said very, very extreme things in their tragedies.
The truth has got to appear plausible on the stage.
Whatever the economy needs to maintain itself, the government will do it.
First there was the theatre of people and animals, then of people and the devil. Now we need the theatre of people and people.
I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad. Because it's my way of making the world rational to me.
The English sent all their bores abroad, and acquired the Empire as a punishment.
All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends. It's called competition. And competition is antagonism.
Art is the close scrutiny of reality and therefore I put on the stage only those things that I know happen in our society.
At the turn of the century theatre does not have to be prescriptive.
Fifteen years ago I walked out of a production of one of my plays at the RSC because I decided it was a waste of time.
Humanity's become a product and when humanity is a product, you get Auschwitz and you get Chair.
I don't think it's the job of theatre at the moment to provide political propaganda; that would be simplistic. We have to explore our situation further before we will understand it.
I'm interested in the real world.
I'm not interested in an imaginary world.
In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice.
In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.
It seems to me that we are profoundly ignorant of ourselves.