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Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park presents MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN National Tour from 26 Sept - 1 Dec


Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park 
presents
Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Lee Hall
Directed by Tom Neill
Music composed by Ron McAllister
Musical Director -Ellie Verkerk 
Designed by Victoria Spearing 
Lighting by Alan Valentine 
Costumes designed byJenny Lethbridge 
Cast: Jacob Addley, Janet Greaves, Georgina Hall, J.J Henry and Tristan Pate

UK Tour:  Opening at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park on 26 September and then tour the UK until 1 Dec 2012

In autumn 2012, Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park, brings to the stage an exciting new production of Mother Courage and Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, in a translation by Lee Hall. This modern reworking of what many consider the greatest play of the 20th century will open the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park on the 26 September and then tour the UK until the 1st December

Two ideologies collide in a conflict that stretches across a continent and threatens the balance of world power. In its midst, one woman, her three children by her side, sees an opportunity to survive, a way to profit from the slaughter by selling goods to both sides. And the time is about to come when, in her quest for material gain, she must make the ultimate sacrifice.

Mother Courage and Her Children asks fundamental questions about the effects our beliefs have on the world and the role of ideology in society and world affairs, and Lee Hall’s (Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters, War Horse screenplay) brilliant translation is accessible, bang up to date and full of dark comedy. Brought to the stage by highly acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre with breath-taking ensemble performances and live music, Mother Courage and Her Children is a truly unforgettable theatrical experience.

Director Tom Neil said about the new staging, "Mother Courage is a powerful play to stage at a time when we are questioning our own culture of commerce and material gain. We're taking an up-to-date, comic and energetic approach to it - the translation by Lee Hall is terrifically witty, the cast is very versatile, and our composer Ron McAllister has scored some beautiful new songs for us. Like all good drama, we're aiming to create an entertaining mix of lightness and depth."

The production is directed by Tom Neil with designs by Victoria Spearing, Costumes by Jenny Lethbridge, Lighting by Alan Valentine and music composed by Ron McAllister. The excellent cast consists of Jacob Addley, Janet Greaves, Georgina Hall, J.J Henry and Tristan Pate.

Blackeyed Theatre, based in Berkshire, is a nationally-renowned producer of high-quality theatre. The company was established in 2004 to create exciting opportunities for artists and audiences alike, and to offer challenging, high quality theatre to the mid-scale touring circuit. The company specialises in reviving modern classics and staging established titles in innovative ways, using small ensembles of actor/musicians to create theatre that is audacious, fresh and far bigger than the sum of its parts. In 2009, Blackeyed Theatre became an associate company of South Hill Park in Bracknell.

Mother Courage and her Children will open at the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park on 26 September and then tour the UK until 1st December. The production is supported by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

For more info visit www.blackeyedtheatre.co.uk 

Mother Courage and Her Children Tour Dates

26 - 28 Sep
South Hill Park, Bracknell
7.30pm
1 Oct
Maltings, Farnham
7.30pm
2 Oct
The Lights, Andover
7.30pm
3 Oct
Theatre on the Hill, Marlborough
7.30pm
4 - 5 Oct
Berry Theatre, Hedge End
7.30pm
8 Oct
Braintree Arts Theatre
7.30pm
9 Oct
Margate Theatre Royal
7.30pm
10 - 13 Oct
Greenwich Theatre
7.30pm(+2.30pm Sat)
15 - 16 Oct
Stantonbury Campus Theatre
7.30pm
17 Oct
Castle, Wellingborough
7.30pm
18 Oct
Cornerstone, Didcot
7.30pm
19 Oct
Layard Theatre, Wimbourne
7.30pm
22 - 24 Oct
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
7.30pm(+1.30pm Wed)
25 Oct
PAC, Lincoln
7.30pm
1 - 2 Nov
Uppingham Theatre
7.15pm
5 Nov
The Hawth, Crawley
7.30pm
6 Nov
Forum Theatre, Malvern
7.30pm
7 Nov
Guildhall Theatre, Derby
7.30pm
8 Nov
Civic, Barnsley
7.30pm
9 Nov
Buxton Opera House
8pm
10 Nov
Queen’s Hall Hexham
7.30pm
12 Nov
Gordon Craig, Stevenage
7.45pm
13 Nov
Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
7.30pm
19 Nov
Brewhouse, Taunton
2pm & 7.45pm
21 Nov
Civic, Chelmsford
7.45pm
22 Nov
Key Theatre, Peterborough
7.30pm
23 Nov
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
8pm
26 - 28 Nov
Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
7.30pm
30 Nov - 1 Dec
Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple
8pm

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