The great Robyn Nevin plays the great Mother Courage. At last.
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 species. Its author is the great smartarse 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 Brecht’s masterpiece.
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?
Directed by Eamon Flack, who proved with his masterful production of Angels in America 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.
Don’t miss Robyn Nevin in the role she’s been waiting her whole career to play.
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
Production Manager Mark Haslam
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith
Rehearsals Observer Alistair Clark
Nevin’s performance is magnificent… In this tightly urgent translation by Michael Gow, superbly directed by Eamon Flack, not a moment of this great play is neglected. This is a very fine production.John McCallum | The Australian
It’s rare to see such a large cast on Belvoir’s stage, but all eleven actors deliver finely calibrated performances. Although it’s Nevin out front as Mother Courage, this is truly an ensemble piece with several memorable performances.Ben Neutze | Daily Review
Mother Courage is one of the great theatre roles for women. Robyn Nevin was born to play it, and makes it her own in this exuberant Belvoir production.Jo Litson | The Sunday Telegraph
Dull animal endurance is given eloquence and a robust mocking humour in Bertolt Brecht’s classic play, Mother Courage and Her Children.Richard Cotter | Australian Stage