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VCE: Mother Courage and Her Children

What else is war but competition? A profit-building enterprise!

Performances & Gigs

Event Details


Performances & Gigs

Event Starts

Jun 1, 2022

Event Ends

Jun 19, 2022


La Mama Courthouse


349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC, Australia

Even after the war starts consuming her kids, Mother Courage reminds us not to knock it. War forges virtue and cash. War feeds its people better. Peace produces zip. No innovation or heroes or people with courage. And the world needs courage, doesn’t it?

‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ is Brecht’s most ambitious play. It’s a warning shot fired from a century ravaged by total war.

After 80 years of unsurpassed influence, it remains sardonic, compassionate, drunk, camp, muddy, epic, tiny, strange, hilarious, brutal and shockingly alive.

Content warning: Blood. Haze. Strobe Lighting. Oblique references to sexual violence during war — acknowledged but not graphically described.

Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Tony Kushner
Directed by Damien Millar
Performed by Bagryana Popov, Kate Bayley, Richard Bligh, Rodrigo Calderón, Tom Considine, Lakshmi Ganapathy, Nathan Milne, and Claude Sarmiento
Set and and costume design by Lara Week
Lighting design by Shane Grant
Music by Paul Doogood and Damien Miller
Stage managed by Kat Carrington
Produced by Lara Week and Bagryana Popov

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