Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Jesse Jones
The graduating students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Bertolt Brecht’s great moral masterpiece and one of his most popular plays, which powerfully demonstrates his pioneering theatrical techniques.
The right to happiness is fundamental; men live so little time and die alone.
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.
This amateur production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle (tr. McGuinness) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.