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Blu........... let's talk Brecht!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MarsLady Sat 19-May-07 16:51:31

Skimmed through the cultural blind spot thread... stopped when my head began to hurt at some of the things that people hated etc.......

Then I saw you mention Brecht! I've just read The Life Of Gallileo and I wanted your thoughts.

So........... what are your thoughts?

I understand Brecht doesn't write to engage us and he likes his old emotional detachment..... but now I want to tap your mine of information.

MarsLady Tue 22-May-07 16:21:44

Oh Bluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spidermama Tue 22-May-07 16:29:57

Mars we did Brecht at drama school. I suppose it's quite quaint now with all his commie chorus's and alienation devices etc. Does anyone still do it then?

I love the music and the Brecht/Weill combo. Lotte Lenya on vocals. Very evocative.

Blu won't be on til this evening btw but bumping for you.

motherinferior Tue 22-May-07 16:31:08

I like a spot of Brecht/Weill too.

Saturn74 Tue 22-May-07 16:32:56

<<erects a suitably daubed half-curtain>>

motherinferior Tue 22-May-07 16:36:38

Let's go to Benares...

katierocket Tue 22-May-07 16:45:04

god I hated Brecht, too worthy for me

ShrinkingViolet Tue 22-May-07 17:05:19

We did some Brecht in German A Level - The Good Woman of Szechuan took a bit of time to get my head round, what with all the Chinese stuff on top of the "it's all in foreign" panic. Never read/seen it in English though.

Spidermama Tue 22-May-07 17:48:56

I used to love belting out this at drama school ...

You said a lot Johnny
But nothing true Johnny
You lied and cheating Johnny
All down the line.

I hate you still Johnny
As you stand and sneer Johnny
(Spoken) So take that pipe out of your mouth you swine!

Spidermama Tue 22-May-07 17:51:20



We were so camp.

AitchTwoOh Tue 22-May-07 17:54:26

i saw glenda jackson as mother courage. v boring, she interpreted it as a soppy tragedy so all the fun alienation stuff went to the wall.

Spidermama Tue 22-May-07 18:00:14

Aitch I think it's pretty hard to inject fun into Brecht on the whole.

So you saw Glenda as Mother Courage. Doesn't that make you very old indeed?

glitterfairy Tue 22-May-07 18:08:02

I played the jewish wife at college. Our head of drama loed brecht. Ask beets she is an expert.

AitchTwoOh Tue 22-May-07 18:15:47

i find all the big picture stuff fun with brecht, all the technical business. she just made it boring, i thought and it went on for Hours. blah blah blah profiting from conflict, blah blah blah oops another dead child blah blah blah. nothing to get your teeth into and v yawnsome. and i was a slip of a girl when i saw it.

motherinferior Tue 22-May-07 18:44:33

I saw Judi Dench as Mother Courage, back in the dark ages.

I am clearly warped, as I find some of those songs quite marvellous. There is a tavern in the tow-how-how-hown....

AitchTwoOh Tue 22-May-07 18:48:43

ooooh i love the songs, they're brilliant. [also warped]

MarsLady Tue 22-May-07 18:55:01

Ladies.... I need to talk specifically about The Life of Galileo

So........ what do you think of it? Particularly in terms of new and historical theatre.

Blu Tue 22-May-07 19:09:51

Now, thanks to you, Mars, I have to admit that I haven't read Galileo, and my MN Cultural credentials will plummet!

And only this morning I was thinking of starting a thread in which we write the Brecht-Weill Mn Musical....

"Show me the way to the next Fruit-Shoot Row
Oh don't ask why..."

I think I will read it over half term, if that is soon enough for you?

Meanwhile all the other Brecht-Weill fans can get on with the discussion!

MarsLady Fri 25-May-07 09:25:41

That would be perfect blu.

How could your credentials plummet??????????? Such a well-read MNer as you!!!!!!!!!!!!

MarsLady Sun 27-May-07 10:59:13

Hope you're reading Blu

MarsLady Sun 17-Jun-07 23:05:24

Well???????????????????????? Did you read it?

What do you have to say about Brecht and New Historicist theatre?

Well????????? Well????????????????????????/

essbeehindyou Sun 17-Jun-07 23:06:49

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emkana Sun 17-Jun-07 23:10:34

I have a degree in German literature, and I'm German myself, so I should be able to talk about this shouldn't I? Sadly my brain has been demolished by all the baby stuff.

When I was at school we looked at Galilei and compared it to Friedrich Duerrenmatt's "The Physicists" - very interesting it was too.

Brecht has done some wonderful poetry btw.

emkana Sun 17-Jun-07 23:11:51

[http://www.poemhunter.com/bertolt-brecht/poems/page-1/]

emkana Sun 17-Jun-07 23:13:09

http://www.poemhunter.com/bertolt-brecht/poems/page-1/

Goodness me links are so easy now and I still get it wrong!

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