Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht
Translation Michael Gow
Music Composition Stefan Gregory
Director Eamon Flack
Set Designer Robert Cousins
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt

Paula Arundell
Tom Conroy
Lena Cruz
Michael McStay
Alex Menglet
Arky Michael
Robyn Nevin
Anthony Phelan
Richard Pyros
Hazem Shammas
Emele Ugavule
6 June – 26 July
Upstairs Theatre

Mother Courage and Her Children is a magnificent pageant of humanity in extremis, full of celebration and bastardry in equal parts, and burning with love and disgust for the human race. Its author is the audacious troublemaker of the dramatic canon – an entertainer, a liar, a communist and a libertine whose appetite for the exuberant variety of life is only surpassed by Shakespeare. Mother Courage is Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece. This production will be made from a new translation by Michael Gow (Once in Royal David’s City) with new music by Stefan Gregory (A Christmas Carol).

Anna Fierling is a refugee. She has three children, a shop in a cart, and buckets of chutzpah. She buys and sells her way through a massive and pointless religious war – gulling, lying, charming, inveigling. Will those great capitalist qualities save her from the common fate?

Mother Courage is a deeply unsettling character. When the play was first performed Brecht was enraged that people found ways to sympathise with her. He wanted audiences to be horrified by her indifference to suffering and her profiteering from war – so much that he is said to have altered the play to make her less sympathetic, yet she is still a figure who it is hard not to admire, even grudgingly. An actor of Nevin’s extraordinary breadth will bring even more nuance, conjecture and intrigue to the role.

Nevin is joined by a cast of 10, some well-loved Belvoir veterans, others making their Belvoir debut. It is a big cast to tell an epic story, reflecting the pageantry and diversity of life.

Directed by Eamon Flack, who proved with his masterful production of Angels in America (Helpmann Award – Best Play) that the epic can be moving, this 20th century colossus about a 17th century war is a vision of the 21st century – of globalisation, religion, violence, capitalism, love and pity.

Notes for Editors

Season information
Dates 6 June – 26 July 2015
Previews Saturday 6, Sunday 7 & Tuesday 9 June
Opening night Wednesday 10 June
Unwaged Performance 2pm Thursday 2 July
Captioned Performance 2pm Saturday 11 July
Sunday Forum 3pm 26 July
Times Tuesday 6.30pm | Wednesday to Friday 8pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 5pm
Tickets Full from $72* | Seniors/Industry/Group $62 | Concession $49 | Previews $50
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or

* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.

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