Danielle Tarento presents
Mother Courage and her Children
by Bertolt Brechttranslation by Tony Kushner
In a land ravaged by war, Mother Courage pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with soldiers and attempting to make profit from the war.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Brecht’s Mother Courage And Her Children has been described as the greatest anti-war play of all time.
In Pulitzer Prize-winning Tony Kushner’s (Angels in America) translation, Mother Courage remains a timely exploration of displacement, war weariness and invisible enemies. It mirrored then, as it does now, the growing fear at the ever-advancing threat of terror infiltrating our everyday lives and our desire to protect ourselves and what is ours at any cost.
“War is hell – as it is assumed to be by most people who haven’t lived through it, and known to be by nearly everyone who has.” – Tony Kushner
Multi award winning Josie Lawrence is one of the UK’s best-loved actress and comedians. She says “I first read Mother Courage when I was an eighteen year old drama student and immediately fell in love with the play. Now I feel ready to play her. It’s a major tick on my theatrical bucket list.”
“Lawrence delivers a brutal blend of wit and poignancy with a seamless dash of vaudeville in Chissick’s taut production.” Mail On Sunday ★★★★
“Lawrence’s Mother Courage is undoubtedly one of the performances of the year: unsentimental, emotionally raw, utterly truthful and entirely without vanity.” WhatsOnStage ★★★★
“Triumphant and tragic, demonic and demoralised, sexy and suffering…unmissable.” Broadway World ★★★★
“Lawrence is a triumph.” Entertainment Focus ★★★★
“A blunt and brutal production of Brecht’s great anti-war play… essential theatre viewing.”
British Theatre ★★★★
“A notable revival ,above all for the layered, raucous, still sensitive and anguished performance of Josie Lawrence at its centre, but also for the fine ensemble values of the production.” Live Theatre UK ★★★★
Set and Costume Designer
Celeste de Veazey
Jake Phillips Head