This thesis explores how theatre informs Badiou s philosophy through detailed analysis of Badiou s theory of theatre and his six plays L Écharpe rouge, Incident at Antioch and the Ahmed tetralogy . It argues that theatre has provided an ideal and material ground for Badiou to rehearse concepts he developed in his Logics of the Worlds (2006) and Second Manifesto for Philosophy (2009), such as that of ideation and incorporation. By placing theatre at the core of Badiou s work, this thesis provides a different point of entry into Badiou s philosophy: it demonstrates the overarching nature of Badiou s materialist dialectic, which leads to exploring the relationship between politics and theatre. By ultimately defining Badiou s theatre as a theatre of inexist[a]nce and insisting upon the ontological nature of theatre, this thesis heralds new approaches to the relationship between theatre and philosophy.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.