Bertolt Brecht's epic morality tale about the ravages of war is given a unique twist by Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director Wesley Enoch and Paula Nazarski in a dazzling new translation.
Instead of the 'Thirty Years' War of 1600s Europe, this near-future incarnation of the age-old story is set against the bleak backdrop of a post-apocalyptic desert where Mad Max might be at home – an Australia ravaged by devastating conflict, where life is cheap but business is still business. Ursula Yovich is the titular canteen-wagon mistress, shrewdly driving hard bargains as she shepherds her brood of three through this unforgiving, harsh wilderness. With an all-Indigenous cast, this fresh spin on Brecht's play delicately folds in themes of land ownership, the impact of mining and the stolen generation.
Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm
Monday 27 May, 6.30pm
Tuesday 28 May, 6.30pm
Please note this performance contains references to death and war.
Audio Described Performances
A Glass Half Full
Australian Arts Review
Read some of the schools feedback
Mother Courage was amazing!!! Wesley Enoch you must be very proud - my students stood and clapped and clapped and clapped and they have only just now stopped talking about it as I have shooed them off to bed. QTC a job well done! - Kirsten Burgess, Monto SHS
Students' responses to the challenges, language and cultural context is so interesting - I agree. Tonight a girl laughed at a key dramatic moment. It wasn't appropriate but it showed how challenged she must have felt by the palpable tension of the moment. The whole play was so poignant and relevant to the experiences of indigenous peoples in Australia and elsewhere in the world. I again felt the sadness and shame of how white privilege plays out. So much to process and think about... - Kylie Readman, USC
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