Photos and podcast: The politics of theatre at The Caucasian Chalk Circle Q&A

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What’s the difference between political theatre and theatre about politics? Can theatre be a catalyst for real change? Do right-wing political perspectives get a fair hearing onstage or is theatre the preserve of the left-wing? And how much does modern political theatre owe to Bertolt Brecht?

These were just some of the questions that arose in a lively – and, let’s be honest, occasionally heated – debate on the “politics of theatre” that I had the pleasure of chairing for Lazarus Theatre after Friday evening’s performance of Brecht’s 1943 classic The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Jack Studio in Brockley, south London.

In Brecht’s play-within-a-play parable, a young refugee girl must make the biggest decision of her life: take the child and run or leave him behind in the fury of civil war.

The panel comprised: Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes, who directed The Caucasian Chalk CircleStephen Unwin, author of A Guide to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht and a prolific director, founder of English Touring Theatre and former artistic director of the Rose Theatre, Kingston; and political journalists and broadcasters Bobby Friedman and Rupert Myers, who make their theatrical writing debuts in April with the sell-out musical satire, Corbyn The Musical, at Waterloo East.

Pictures, full, unedited podcast and live-tweeting – care of @LazarusTheatre – below.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle continues at London’s Brockley Jack Studio until 12 March 2016.

 

 

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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