Mother Courage and Her Children
- Venue: Other Space
- Other: Venue: Albion Electric Stores, South Accommodation Road Leeds LS10 1PR
More Information on Mother Courage and Her Children
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.
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) in Brecht’s 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.
The performance is entirely promenade in nature, but limited seating provision will be available throughout (benches). The level of seating will vary from scene to scene however, so it’s important to note that a degree of standing will be required during the performance.
Cast & Credits
Red Ladder Theatre Company supported by Leeds Playhouse / Written by Bertolt Brecht / Translated by Lee Hall / Directed by Rod Dixon / Composer Boff Whalley / Musical Director Beccy Owen / Designer Sara Perks /
- Becky Barry
as Farmer’s Wife, Soldier, Peasant
- Luke Dickson
as The Cook, Recruiting Officer, Old Colonel
- T.J. Holmes
as The Chaplain
- Matthew Lewney
- Pauline McLynn
as Mother Courage
- Beccy Owen
as Old Soldier, Peasant, Old Woman
- Levi Payne
as Eilif, Young Farmer
- Bea Webster
- Kathleen Yore
as Yvette, Sergeant, General
“ A true ensemble piece”
“ the acting has to be exceptional - director Rod Dixon has helped his cast achieve that”
“ McLynn squeezes every ounce of malice, pain and pathos from Lee Hall’s witty translation”
“ the overall concept of Rod Dixon’s production makes the strongest impression: the audience trailing round like camp followers on the battle-fields of Europe, Boff Whalley’s robust songs performed with clarity and vigour by the cast and picked up by chorus members throughout the audience, heightened acting performances that tread the border between grotesque comedy and existential despair – and, above all, that magnificent cart rolling through it all”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.Sing Along
Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.
- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance