By Bertolt Brecht, music by Paul Dessau
Director: Thomas Schmauser
„Mother Courage and her Children“ is a chronicle of the 30-years War, written by Brecht and his co-authors in their Swedish exile (1938/39).
It tells the story of Anna Fierling, better known as Mother Courage, a camp follower, feeding off the war, a "hyena of the battlefield". She is a smart woman, opportunistic and always onto the next lucrative deal, selling bandages or beer to the soldiers. But the war, her source of income, threatens to take away her children when recruitment officers try to lure her two sons into joining the army.
“It is, of course, much more comfortable to stay on the safe side, not to jump, to continue watching and not to turn sad before dying. What fascinates me about Brecht is that his texts confront this moment of envisioning, this conflict and don’t disintegrate into poetry.” (Thomas Schmauser)