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Essay on a Production of Brecht’s “Mother Courage”

The play Mother courage was written by Bertolt Brecht in 1930; it was written in German. He was a German poet, play writer and theatre director. He had created nine-play; they are mostly on the darker side. They were mainly focused on family, wars and realism. He wants the audience to think. He had created the play Mother Courage to express himself during World War II; his life was pretty much about war all the time, and he was always in the middle of the wars. He probably has no one good thought about wars, so he always writes about the darker side. Mother Courage was one of the plays written in an attempt to counter the rise of Fascism and Nazism. The musicians were placed given to the audience so that they could be seen. The audience was focused on the issue being displayed rather than the characters and emotions.

He made some weird things in between scenes to make the audience remember watching a play. He made characters talking to the audience, change costumes and unique acting. He was trying to show how bad war is and why he believes what he believes. My first impression of Mother courage as it is dark, sad and depressing. The actors broke the fourth wall to communicate with the audience, let them ‘be’ in the play, feel it, and remember it. Music had been used in the play; it was some sad music played during the three child’s death. The other music had been played was some marching songs to show the power and strength of armies. Placard and projections were used at the beginning, middle and ending. The part where the armies dance while the march was the most interesting part; it entertains the audience, which creates a feeling of you know how strong they are and feel the power they’ve got.

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I really like the background designing, for example, the sliding board and Mother Courage’s cart. There are sliding boards, stairs and another floor on the stage. The sliding board is made out of wood so it was wooden color and it covered three-fourths of the centre stage; the actors will sit on it, lean on it or stand on it to create use of spaces and levels. The stairs were in black, and I think they are made of metal, and they covered the stage right and left. The other floor was located on the upper stage. There are two-stage added on the sides along with the two big screens. The period of time for the settings is about the 1920s. I clearly remember this scene because I really like it; it was during the war. The actors ran around the sliding board, up the stairs and down the stage, acting really scared, afraid and lost. It really matched the scene, and it created tensions to make us really want to watch it.

The costumes and make-up were superb. They match the theme, their character and their personality. The make-up was not overdone, and the costume fits the way they look. I think the soldiers will be a good example. They’ve got black, dark green and green clothing, eyeliners to make them look angrier, and a gun for a prop that shoes that they are the soldiers. I like how they are dressed differently. Next, I would like to talk about prostitutes. They were prostitutes that wanted Mother Courage to sell her cart. They were always trying to catch the audience’s attention using a different voice to express her, facial expressions to show the audience how she feels, and some movement to entertain us, interest us. That’s the way they show their attitude. I totally believe the performance was touching, and they really show what reality in the past was.

The way they tell us about it was unique, using effective words, doing weird things etc. It was really effective because they let us understand what had happened, what war really is and the reality. I remembered in the beginning; a girl was sitting on her knee with her head down. That represented how depressing and painful the play is; I think it was really effective and catchy. Another image was the soldiers dancing with their guns; I thought that was the ‘weird’ moment to show us we watched a play. The last image was the funeral at the end; they all covered their face walking slowly down the hall with a miserable face. That creates tension. We can feel unpleasant and distressing inside them.

The story, emotions and the dance are my favorites in this production. It was really convincing and compelling, especially the girl kneed down with her head down and the funeral at the end. This play made me thought about reality in the past, ‘Are the stories my grandparents told me believable?’ and it told me that nothing is impossible. It did work really well as a piece of theatre, and I would love to recommend it to my friends. However, I didn’t understand why the soldiers kidnapped Mother Courage’s daughter; why did the prostitute try to attract Mother Courage’s daughter. I think the play was great, but some improvements could be made for example the video and some talking part had bored the audiences so hope that I can see a superb play soon.

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