"spectacle" is a good way to describe Artaud's vision of true theatre. His Theatre of Cruelty is one that is both horrible and fascinating at the same time, something like a train wreck- you want to look away, but you can't help but watch. Everything is grandiose, everything is big and loud, everything is important, and everything grabs your attention, shakes you, and doesn't let go until the show's over.
1. anything presented to the sight or view, esp. something of a striking or impressive kind: The stars make a fine spectacle tonight.
2. a public show or display, esp. on a large scale: The coronation was a lavish spectacle.
6. make a spectacle of oneself, to call attention to one's unseemly behavior; behave foolishly or badly in public: They tell me I made a spectacle of myself at the party last night.
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