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Mother Courage and Her Children

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  • Other: Venue: Albion Electric Stores, South Accommodation Road Leeds LS10 1PR
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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 /

Red Ladder

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    Becky Barry
    as Farmer’s Wife, Soldier, Peasant
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    Luke Dickson
    as The Cook, Recruiting Officer, Old Colonel
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    T.J. Holmes
    as The Chaplain
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    Matthew Lewney
    as Swisscheese
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    Pauline McLynn
    as Mother Courage
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    Beccy Owen
    as Old Soldier, Peasant, Old Woman
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    Levi Payne
    as Eilif, Young Farmer
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    Bea Webster
    as Kattrin
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    Kathleen Yore
    as Yvette, Sergeant, General


“ A true ensemble piece”

- The Times

“ Outstanding”

- Yorkshire Post

“ the acting has to be exceptional - director Rod Dixon has helped his cast achieve that”

- Northern Soul

“ McLynn squeezes every ounce of malice, pain and pathos from Lee Hall’s witty translation”

- North West End

“ 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”

- The Reviews Hub

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

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

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, 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.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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  • Audio Description - Audio Description
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  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
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  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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