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Alan Moore

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There is a certain amount of sham in shamanism. There is a certain amount of theatre. Its as loosely knit as that. Were sort of coming out of the closet a bit more over the next couple of years. Were going to be bringing out manifestos too pushy a word if its a theatre of marvels, were bringing out a theatre programme in the next couple of years. Were working on it at the moment our unified field theory of spookiness where we try to explain everything from language, consciousness, grey aliens to Rosicrucianism or whatever. It is a grand, mad theory which Im working my best on at the moment to make it rational. It is an anti-rationalistic theory but Im trying to couch it in rational terms so that it is not as insular as a lot of magic stuff.

Alan Moore

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Martin Esslin

The utter childishness of our provincial public's verdict upon any art-manifestation that may chance to make its first appearance in their own theatre for they are only accustomed to witness performances of works already judged and accredited by the greater world outside brought me to the decision, at no price to produce for the first time a largish work at a minor theatre. When, therefore, I felt again the instinctive need of undertaking a major work, I renounced all idea of obtaining a speedy representation of it in my immediate neighbourhood: I fixed my mind upon some theatre of first rank, that would some day produce it, and troubled myself but little as to where and when that theatre would be found.

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