Mother Courage and her Children
Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Wednesday 21st November 2012
A performance full of students, Brecht's plays and practises are a core study point for A Level Drama and this touring production was a rare opportunity for these keen youngsters to experience the theory they have been studying being put into live practise.
The abstract nature of the production however was less relevant to much of the rest of the audience, many of whom did not wait to discover what happened to Mother Courage and her trio of offspring in the second Act.
Actors remaining on stage for costume changes, projections onto a sheet, randomly integrated songs - with so much going on, it is difficult to understand how the pace remained quite so slow throughout the evening.
I would be interested to hear the feedback of the students in the audience. Not a production I would rush back to myself, but hopefully an instructive evening of study as an unsubtle introduction to Brecht.