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Mother Courage and Her Children
by Bertolt Brecht

Cast & Crew

Mother Courage Pauline Sawford
Kattrin
Alex Rex
Eilif
Lee Kells
Swiss Cheese Tom Monksfield
Recruiter Owen Warr
Sergeant Kevin Pinks
Cook
Ian Clarke
Chaplain
Barry Dougall
The General Barry L Hillman
Armourer
David Ashton
Yvette Pottier
Gemma Knight
Man with Patch Ian Spiby
Second Sergeant
Kevin Pinks
Ancient Colonel
Barry L Hillman
Clerk
Paul Thornhill
Angry Young Soldier Martin McCreadie
Older Soldier
Andrew Nettleship
Peasant Woman
Ingrid Heymann
Second Peasant Woman
Doreen Wright
Peasant Boy
Francisco Iannuzzi
Peasant Man
Owen Warr
Peasant’s Wife
Sue Howes
Ensign
Andrew Nettleship
Soldier
Mark Mortimer
Descriptor Ingrid Heymann, Ian Spiby
Musicians Rod Clarke, Scott Blundell

Director Rob Kendall
Stage Manager Clare Brittain
Lighting
The Works, Mario Nobre
Sound
Ian Clarke, Mario Nobre
Costume
Masque Theatre, The Works, Pam Mann, Clare Brittain, Rob Kendall, Andrew Nettleship
Set Design
Rob Kendall
Cart and set built by
Derek Banyard, Mark Mortimer

Some of the the cast of Mother Courage

Production No. 352

Images from Mother Courage and Her Children

 

PROGRAMME NOTES
Rob Kendall, director


What is a performance of Mother Courage and Her Children primarily meant to show?

Brecht wrote of the theme ‘That in wartime the big profits are not made by little people. That war, which is a continuation of business by other means, makes the human virtues fatal even to their possessors. That no sacrifice is too great for the struggle against war.’

The series of scenes are more than just business transactions though as Mother Courage takes her cart, and children, through the landscape of war.

Through her we see what men may do to men.

We see a rhythm of defiance, outrage and resistance in the microcosm of her actions that echo one of Brecht’: fundamental concepts that society makes men what they are.

Finding the balance in a large cast production to bring out Brecht's dialectic and estrangement in performance, the ‘verfremdungseffekte’, has been both challenging and exciting.

Especially when actors are able to question their previously held ideas about how ‘theatre’ works.

15 - 19 May 2007
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton

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The cast of Mother Courage
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