Brecht masterpiece comes to Stantonbury

Janet Greaves and Katin Hall in Mother Courage.
Janet Greaves and Katin Hall in Mother Courage.
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Stantonbury hosts a new production of arguably the greatest play of the 20th century, Mother Courage And Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, in a translation by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot/ Pitman Painters).

Two ideologies collide in a conflict that stretches across a continent and threatens the balance of world power. In its midst, one woman, her three children by her side, sees an opportunity to survive, a way to profit from the slaughter by selling goods to both sides.

Mother Courage And Her Children asks fundamental questions about the effects our beliefs have on the world and the role of ideology in society and world affairs.

Hall’s brilliant translation is accessible, bang up to date and full of dark comedy and it’s brought to the stage by highly acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre.

Director Tom Neill said: “Mother Courage is a powerful play to stage at a time when we are questioning our own culture of commerce and material gain.

“We’re taking an up-to-date, comic and energetic approach to it – the translation by Lee Hall is terrifically witty, the cast is very versatile, and our composer Ron McAllister has scored some beautiful new songs for us.

“Like all good drama, we’re aiming to create an entertaining mix of lightness and depth.”

On Monday and Tuesday at Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Milton Keynes. For tickets call the box office 01908 324422 or go online www.stantonbury.org.uk