The Caucasian Chalk Circle Brecht's timeless, moral masterpiece

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Tobacco Factory Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Tue 25 Jun 2019 - Sat 29 Jun 2019
  • Location Tobacco Factory Theatre
  • Evenings

    Tue 25, Wed 26, Thu 27, Fri 28, Sat 29 June 7.30 PM

  • Matinees

    Thu 27 and Sat 29 2.30 PM

  • Ticket price

    £15 full | £10 concession

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"The right to happiness is fundamental; men live so little time and die alone."

By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Jesse Jones
Translated by Frank McGuinness

A city burns in the heat of civil war and Grusha, a young servant girl, must make a choice: save herself or sacrifice everything to rescue an abandoned child.

But when peace and order are finally restored, the Governor’s wife returns to claim her son. Echoing the Judgement of Solomon, the two women argue over possession of the child and it is left to Brecht’s great comic creation, the drunken judge Azdak, to determine who is the real mother of the forgotten child.

Calling upon the ancient tradition of the Chalk Circle, the unruly judge sets about resolving the dispute.

Brecht’s great moral masterpiece is one of his most popular plays, powerfully demonstrating his pioneering theatrical techniques.

This amateur production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle (tr. McGuinness) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.


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I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice