In the Jungle of Cities
by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Gerhard Nellhaus
Early, rarely staged Brecht play. Controversial in it’s day and appropriate for today as we enter a similar environment economically & the extremes this can spark. Although written before Brecht formulated his political views it explores ideals v economics, struggle of immigrants, racial tensions, poverty, in a wild & unpredictable way. A fascinating piece mixing menace & humour.
We workshopped the play with a cast of nine & two musicians in a site-specific staging for a Reading in a church hall, as a preliminary step to a full production.
Kennington, London 2010
Ensemble Rachael Boulton, Alexander Britton, David Keller, Tom Larkin, Siobhan O’Kelly, Steven O’Toole, Jürgen Schwarz, Caroline Staunton, Ryan Wichert.
Musicians Accordion Martina Schwarz, Saxophone Ian Dingle
Props, settings, costumes David Curtis-Ring
Stage manager Johanne Stevens
Director Peter Stürm
Photos Nick Mercer