Woolwich Arsenal to stage Brecht play Mother Courage about the human cost of war

Woolwich Arsenal to stage Brecht play Mother Courage about the human cost of war

Kas Darley in Mother Courage. Picture by Joseph Steyne

The Royal Arsenal site where Mother Courage will be staged

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , leisure editor

Woolwich’s historic First World War armaments factory will create a backdrop to a unique staging of Bertolt Brecht’s most famous play.

Mother Courage and Her Children is being put on by Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre and the south London-based Teatre Vivo from September 5 to 21 at the Royal Arsenal.

The audience will become war refugees, engaging with a cast of actors and a 30-strong community chorus, as they are taken on a journey through the site and explore the human cost of surviving conflict through drama, poetry and song.

Brecht’s play is about a canteen woman who pulls her cart and three children after the army to attempt to profit from the Thirty Years’ War. It was one of the plays Brecht wrote as a counter to facism and Nazism and remains relevant in light of the 100 year anniversary of the First World War and modern conflicts in the middle east.

Tickets cost £12 (or £7 concessions) and are available at glypt.co.uk or on 020 8854 1316.

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