PAULINE MCLYNN TO PLAY MOTHER COURAGE IN RED LADDER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION - Red Ladder Theatre Company

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PAULINE MCLYNN TO PLAY MOTHER COURAGE IN RED LADDER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION

Pauline McLynn will take the lead role in Red Ladder’s 50th anniversary production MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, we’re thrilled to announce. An immersive production of Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play will be staged from 27th September – 20th October at Albion Electric warehouse, Leeds – where we mounted our acclaimed production The Shed Crew.

Performing with Red Ladder for the first time, Pauline McLynn is to take on the role of Brecht’s buffoonish but ruthless Mother Courage in artistic director Rod Dixon’s production, using the translation by Lee Hall. The celebrated Irish actor and author – who is best known for her award-winning comedy role as Mrs Doyle in the TV series Father Ted – will lead a company of actors and actor-musicians, and a chorus comprising refugee and asylum seekers who are based in West Yorkshire.

On her forthcoming role, Pauline McLynn says
Mother Courage is one of the great, iconic roles and to have this opportunity to play her with Red Ladder and Rod Dixon is a particular thrill for me. I am excited to introduce whole new audiences to Brecht, such a challenging and brilliant playwright who always provokes and enriches us with his work. I am an actor who has always had a leaning for the Left and therefore Red Ladder and myself are a very natural match. I can’t wait to get started on this sprawling delight.”

In our 50th year, MOTHER COURAGE marks the first production of a classic play to be produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company. Experienced as a promenade piece in an urban warehouse setting, it will feature musical arrangements by long-term collaboration and Chumbawamba founder member Boff Whalley (BIG SOCIETY!/WRONG ‘UN) and composer Beccy Owen (PROMISED LAND/WE’RE NOT GOING BACK).

Integrating a professional cast and a community chorus of refugee and asylum seekers, Rod Dixon’s provocative staging will re-examine Brecht’s 20th century classic for today; asking urgent questions about migrancy, displacement, fear of immigration and the effects of war in our time.

Rod Dixon says

This is the first time in 50 years that Red Ladder will have staged a classic, and to me, it is the perfect play for our troubled times. Brecht is one of the most radical and experimental of playwrights from the last century and my ambition is to use this brilliant piece of theatre to counter the narrative of the right wing media that refugees from ‘there’ do not need to be ‘here’.
Mother Courage is a gigantic role and I am particularly excited that Pauline is to play her. Pauline brings a rich experience of many characters on stage and screen to this production, and I am sure audiences will be thrilled by her performances.

Tickets for Mother Courage will be on sale from May 1, when you can book via our website or call West Yorkshire Playhouse box office on 0113 213 7700.