Mother Courage and her Children

This was a highly praised production of the ground breaking multi-racial and multi-national performance of Brecht`s masterpiece in the UK ; a cast which included well known Pakistani actor Renu Setna , Chezch Milos Kirek, French Yves Aubert, mixed race Josephine Welcome, Joseph Long, and the South African actress of Greek descent Angelique Rockas. Directed by Peter Stevenson, fresh out of the RSC collaborating with John Barton .
The production was not only praised for tackling the huge restrictions of staging an epic play in the underground basement of the old Charing Cross hospital , managing to hold the audience`s attention for 3 hours with its finely detailed rendering of a `densely argued and emotionally explosive text` , Tom Vaughan , but also for its powerful central performance of Margaret Robertson as Mother Courage.
Many critics considered that the multi-racial and multi- national casting brought outnew textures and enriched the performance , Time Out`s Malcolm Hay was appalled that a Pakistani actor with a Pakistani accent was playing a Swedish Chaplain.
Time Out was requested to withdraw its offensive racist remarks by Angelique Rockas, the founder of this company .

Cast & Crew

Cast

Chaplain
Cook
Eilif/Old Peasant
Kattrin
Mother Courage
Officer/Scrivener/Lieutenant
Old Woman/Peasant Woman
Recruiting Officer/Young Peasant
Sergeant/Older Soldier
Swedish Commander/Colonel Poldy
Swiss Cheese
Young Soldier/Sergeant/Peasant
Yvette

Crew

Choreography
Design Assistants
Design Assistants
Designer
Director
Musical Direction
Producer
Production Manager and Lighting
Stage Manager
Stage Manager

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Play description

This play was first performed in 1941. Mother Courage’s business is war. She trades in brandy, boots and belts, endlessly dragging her children across Europe whilst attempting to protect them from the war’s devastating effects.

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