“HSC Drama: Significant Plays of the 20th Century
Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children really needs no introduction to teachers.
Anna Fierling is a refugee. She has three children, a shop in a cart, and buckets of chutzpah. She buys and sells her way through a massive and pointless religious war – gulling, lying, charming, inveigling. Will those great capitalist qualities save her from the common fate?
Mother Courage and Her Children is a magnificent pageant of humanity in extremis. A 20th century colossus about a 17th century war is a vision of the 21st century – of globalisation, religion, violence, capitalism, love and pity.
Eamon Flack (Once in Royal David’s City) directs Robyn Nevin in a Michael Gow translation of this epic play.”
As far as I know, Bertolt Brecht asked the question who profits from war? And I would say his answer was that the well off always did profit from wars, but never any of the not so well off.
Today, Sunday, we met some friends for lunch at the OAK FLATS BOWLING AND RECREATION CLUB. We had a very good lunch there and later on coffee and cake.
We took advantage of the beautiful winter sunshine spending some time in this Park at Lake Illawarra.
4 thoughts on “Our Weekend 13/14th June 2015”
Hope it was a good production and you enjoyed it. Lake Illawarra looks lovely.
It was an excellent production, Catt, and Robyn Nevin was very good as Mother Courage. It seems that this play is being widely studied. I found it interesting that there was an item in Google showing how students for the Higher School Certificate were given some information about this play.
It is said “Anna Fierling is a refugee”! I don’t think this is true. She is willfully following the army to make money.
I would say, Peter, that maybe her town or village, where she used to live, was totally destroyed during the war. It is true she was following the army and making money by selling her wares to make a living. Not being able to live in her old home town anymore, I reckon, would make her a refugee even though in this case the war made it possible for to stay in business.