The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Date/Time: 10 Jun 2017 -19 Jun 2017

By Bertolt Brecht
In a new translation by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Prof Egill Heiðar Anton Pálsson

‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.’ – Bertolt Brecht

Writing The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the end of World War II, Brecht was very much influenced by current events and his own perceptions of the world. However, his story also draws on other pieces of literature – the biblical story of the Judgment of Solomon and an anonymous play written in China in the 13th or 14th Century called The Chalk Circle.

Both tell a story of two women who both claim to be the mother of the same child. In the end, the truth is revealed and the real mothers – who are both kind and gentle – get their children back.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle presents a different scenario that puts forth a more difficult decision – the real mother is selfish and abandons her son. The adoptive mother is kind and cares for the boy when the real mother leaves him behind. So who should get to keep the boy in this case?

10, 13–17, 19 June, 8pm
NIDA Theatres, Atrium

Featuring NIDA second year Acting and final year Costume, Properties and Objects, Staging, Technical Theatre and Stage Management students, with students of the MFA in Design for Performance.

Suitable for adult audiences. This performance may contain mild coarse language, loud music and haze or smoke effects.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle will be performed in one act with no interval. Running time: 125 minutes.

Wheelchair accessible.

Please note: this production is held in our covered outdoor venue, we recommend you dress warmly. We suggest outdoor event clothing – coat, scarf, hat and comfortable, warm boots/shoes would be appropriate.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is playing as part of the The Nick Enright Season Student Productions June 2017.