The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht (adapted by Frank McGuinness)

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  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

About the Play

Brecht pioneered the theatrical technique known as Epic Theatre because he wanted people to think while they felt. With songs and satire, slapstick and subtlety, pathos and politics his plays exploded into the world and changed theatre for ever. This is his masterpiece.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle drawing on an ancient Chinese tale, tells the deeply touching story of a servant girl who rescues a child of royal blood from a violent coup and becomes its surrogate mother. The play draws on all of Brecht’s virtuosity and climaxes in a bizarre competition between the servant girl and the child's biological mother to determine where the child belongs.

In a production bursting with song and movement, the HotBed artists rework this classic in a dynamic contemporary setting.

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Cast & Creatives

Featuring The 2008 HotBed Ensemble: Anita Erceg, Brendan Ewing, Jo Morris, Thomas Papathanassiou, Ben Russell and Amanda Woodhams

Directed by Adam Mitchell
Set & Costume Design by Brad Reid
Lighting Design by Andrew Earle
Composer & Musical Director Steve Hearne
Choreographer Claudia Alessi


"... an energetic, strong and highly entertaining production. If you have a ticket – lucky you. Enjoy this gothic tale of morals. If you don’t have one, beg borrow or steal to get in." Australian Stage Online

"This beguiling play is full of magic. The audience were captivated and enthralled. One runs out of superlatives for this show." Theatre Australia

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