In the 1960’s, a theatrical ‘test period’ took place in which the
coffee-house beatnik aesthetics of the 50’s were exploded into
larger-scale pieces that punctured the bubble of conventional
theatricality. The ‘fourth wall’ of the proscenium was broken and actors
were often seen naked, performing sounds and motions that were more
abstract than naturalistic. This was an important time in the theatre
because it had become stale and needed an overhaul.