Mother Courage and her Children
28 September 2018 - 20 October 2018
A Red Ladder Theatre Company production supported by Leeds Playhouse
Peace is bad for business.
The ‘Thirty Years War’ rages on. Whether flogging leather belts, greasy pots, bullets or her children’s lives – life for Mother Courage is reduced to a series of transactions, and escape routes.
Bertolt Brecht’s timeless and epic drama about the turmoil and trauma of conflict is vividly depicted through Lee Hall’s dark and witty translation.
In this wholly immersive production audiences follow in the steps of Brecht’s fearless matriarch, as Mother Courage hauls her tinkering wagon of junk through crackling battlefields and bombed-out villages – echoing the modern-day refugee’s universal displacement.
Starring Pauline McLynn (Father Ted / Shameless / EastEnders) in this iconic title role, Mother Courage and Her Children will mark Red Ladder’s 50th anniversary; over five decades of presenting stories of human struggle and resounding spirit in times of stark adversity.
Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Lee Hall
Directed by Rod Dixon
Composer Boff Whalley
Musical Director Beccy Owen