Mullingar Arts Centre presents Brecht masterpiece

“My duty as judge is to choose a mother for the child. We will have a test. Place the child in the circle...”

Next Wednesday November 27, Bruiser Theatre Company brings Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle to the Mullingar Arts Centre.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a masterpiece of 20th century drama, powerfully demonstrating Bertolt Brecht’s pioneering theatrical techniques. A servant girl sacrifices everything to protect a baby abandoned in the heat of war. Order restored, she is made to confront the boy’s mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him. The judge calls on an ancient tradition, the ‘chalk circle’, to resolve the dispute. Who wins?

Bruiser is delighted to be presenting this modern classic with a brand new musical score licensed by the Brecht Estate, composed by Matthew Reeve, who has previously worked with Bruiser on Sweet Charity, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Matthew says, “The music for Chalk Circle has been a real creative challenge. The entire score will be sung and played by the actors themselves live on stage. We wanted to create something both haunting and anthemic, reflecting the hard-hitting action of the play. A lot of the music has been developed in rehearsals with the actors too. We can’t wait for people to hear it.”

From the company that brought you last year’s hugely popular Lady Windermere’s Fan, Bruiser’s innovative performance style coupled with Brecht’s superb play is guaranteed to produce a first class winter’s night at the theatre!

The Caucasian Chalk Circle comes to the Mullingar Arts Centre on November 27. Tickets are €15/€12 and can be purchased from the box office or by phoning (044 ) 9347777.

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