The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Author(s): Bertolt Brecht


The city burns in the heat of civil war and a servant girl sacrifices everything to protect an abandoned child. But when peace is finally restored, the boy's mother comes to claim him. Calling upon the ancient tradition of the Chalk Circle, a comical judge sets about resolving the dispute. But in a culture of corruption and deception, who wins? Written by the grand master of storytelling and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, this is one of the greatest plays of the last century. This Caucasian Chalk Circle is translated by award-winning writer Alistair Beaton, who also wrote the bitingly witty stage play Feelgood and the celebrated TV dramas The Trial of Tony Blair and A Very Social Secretary. The play was toured by Shared Experience in 2009.


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Translation of Brecht's classic play, adapted by well-known UK playwright Alistair Beaton. A programme text edition published to coincide with the world premiere of the translation 2009. Produced by the dynamic, physical theatre company Shared Experience, the world premiere was a major UK tour in 2009. Brecht is studied by students of Theatre Studies aged fourteen and upwards and is one of the central figures of modern world drama.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose writing has had a major influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo and Mother Courage and her Children. Alistair Beaton is a well-known Scottish writer, whose plays and translations include Feelgood, King of Hearts and Follow My Leader and Max Frisch's The Arsonists. For television, he wrote the award-winning A Very Social Secretary (2005) and the Channel 4 film The Trial of Tony Blair (2007).

General Fields

  • : 9781408126707
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Methuen Drama
  • : September 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 9mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bertolt Brecht
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 832.912
  • : 144
  • : Illustrations