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y separately published work icon Mother Courage & Her Children single work   drama   - 2 hours 40 minutes
Adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children Bertolt Brecht , 1941 single work drama
Note: Translated and adapted from Bertolt Brecht's 1939 play 'Mother Courage & Her Children'.
Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Mother Courage & Her Children
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'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.' (Source: QPAC website www.qpac.com.au)

Exhibitions

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Production Details

    • Director: Wesley Enoch
    • Designer: Christina Smith
    • Lighting Designer: Ben Hughes
    • Composer: John Rodgers
    • Assistant Director: Janine Matthews
    • Cast: David Page, Ursula Yovich, Michael Tuahine, Chenoa Deemal, Eliah Watego, Luke Carroll, Paula Nazarski, Roxanne McDonald, George Bostock, Robert Preston, Dave Dow and Mark Atkins
  • Performed at the Playhouse, QPAC, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane 25 May to 16 June 2013.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

A Mother's War, and a Triumph for Nevin John McCallum , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 June 2015; (p. 16)

— Review of Mother Courage & Her Children Wesley Enoch (translator), Paula Nazarski (translator), 2013 single work drama
A Surprisingly Subdued Nevin Loses Courage under Fire Jason Blake , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 June 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of Mother Courage & Her Children Wesley Enoch (translator), Paula Nazarski (translator), 2013 single work drama
Backstage Tour Maria Ceresa , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West End Magazine , Spring no. 16 2013; (p. 78-80)
Turn of the Page Phil Brown , 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 5-11 June no. 934 2013; (p. 14)
Wealth of Cruel Tragedy James Harper , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 June 2013; (p. 42)

— Review of Mother Courage & Her Children Wesley Enoch (translator), Paula Nazarski (translator), 2013 single work drama
Cautionary Tale of Indigenous Cast Bridget Cormack , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 May 2013; (p. 6)

— Review of Mother Courage & Her Children Wesley Enoch (translator), Paula Nazarski (translator), 2013 single work drama
Wealth of Cruel Tragedy James Harper , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 June 2013; (p. 42)

— Review of Mother Courage & Her Children Wesley Enoch (translator), Paula Nazarski (translator), 2013 single work drama
A Surprisingly Subdued Nevin Loses Courage under Fire Jason Blake , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 June 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of Mother Courage & Her Children Wesley Enoch (translator), Paula Nazarski (translator), 2013 single work drama
A Mother's War, and a Triumph for Nevin John McCallum , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 June 2015; (p. 16)

— Review of Mother Courage & Her Children Wesley Enoch (translator), Paula Nazarski (translator), 2013 single work drama
Intense Colour Bridget Cormack , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 May 2013; (p. 5-6)
Black to Front Susan Johnson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25-26 May 2013; (p. 12-16)
' Across the cultural spectrum, a new wave of indigenous artists is finding mainstream success.'
Hooked on Classics Rosemary Neill , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 May 2013; (p. 5-7)
'Adaptations dominate Australian theatre. Is this a sign of the bankruptcy of original ideas or does it herald a confident fresh approach to great works of drama?'
Mother Courage as Relevant to our Lives as Brecht's Germany 2013 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 22 May vol. 12 no. 312 2013; (p. 25)
Turn of the Page Phil Brown , 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 5-11 June no. 934 2013; (p. 14)
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