Spring Term 2017

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Report by Mr Hoskins, Director of Drama

Our most recent senior production in Ogstoun Theatre has been Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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Brecht wrote the play immediately following the Second World War and it highlights the precarious validity of the law, humans' behaviour toward their fellows, and the complexities of making decisions - especially in times of political upheaval. In the current climate of geopolitical uncertainty, it seemed to us that this play is as relevant here in the present as it was at its first public performance in 1948 and we aimed to highlight these important themes within an entertaining and dynamic production.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle   The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Our production followed many of Brecht’s concepts for the theatre: An occasionally transparent fourth wall; actors playing multiple roles and changing costumes before the audiences eyes, and songs used to highlight the message of the play. The original music was written for us by the hugely talented Rob Parker and it complemented the piece perfectly.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle   The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Our wonderful cast worked tirelessly over the many hours, days and weeks of rehearsals that it takes to bring such a complex play to the stage and we’ve really enjoyed working together to bring this piece of theatre to life. We’ve been reminded that no problem is insurmountable and that obstacles are made to be climbed, as Brecht says within the lines of this play: ‘in the bloodiest of times, there are still good people’.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle


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