Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage and Her Children


The story of an indestructible mother, who has the courage to feed er children in any time and situation. But the war is hungry as well…

The new SND building, Drama hall
31. 1. 2009

Bertolt Brecht is one of the most significant and yet conflicting dramatists of the 20th century. He was born out of German expressionism, influenced by Marxism, chased away by Fascism and eventually, after his return from the USA, presented with a theatre to run by the Communist regime: the famous Berliner Ensemble, which Brecht turned into a major European stage. But he never became member of the Communist Party and when in 1953 workers rose against the regime in Eastern Berlin and the government sent Russian tanks against them, Brecht sent a message to the government: if people do not want you, replace the people.

Many of Brecht´s plays were full of conflicts. Among the most famous is Mother Courage. It takes place in the 17th century, during the Thirty-Year War – the first all-European military conflict, which destroyed vast landscapes and had as yet unknown financial and economic consequences. Mother Courage, trailing through Europe torn by this war – hates the war, because it takes away her children, yet at the same time cannot live without it, because the war gives her a living.

Our production, with songs by Paul Dessau, hopes to show how surprisingly amusing and up-to-date Brecht can be.