The Theatre of the Absurd
: théâtre de l'absurde [teɑtʁ(ə) də lapsyʁd]
) is a post–World War II designation for particular plays
of absurdist fiction
written by a number of primarily European playwright
s in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Their work focused largely on the idea of existentialism
and expressed what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence.