New Series of Workshops – Brecht, Marx & Dialectical Theatre starts 25th July

Burjesta Theatre Workshops @ The Casa, Hope St, L’pool

‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it’.

A new series of weekly workshops, each Wednesday from 7pm looking at the work, theories and influence of the most important modern theatre practitioner, Bertolt Brecht.

Bertolt Brecht wrote some of the most well-known plays of the 20th century, Mother Courage, Threepenny Opera, Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Caucasian Chalk Circle as well as being the most important theoretician of modern theatre, putting forth an alternative to mainstream theatre, which he called ‘Epic Theatre’ and latterly ‘Dialectical Theatre’, itself based on Karl Marx’s revolutionary political philosophy, ‘dialectical materialism’.

We will be looking at Brecht’s key works, as well looking at his theories of theatre (alienation effect). We’ll try out some of his training exercises and introduce some of the key concepts of ‘dialectics’, originating with 19th century philosopher Georg Hegel and transformed by Karl Marx. Finally we’ll be asking how we can make use of Brecht’s ideas for theatre practice today.

All are welcome from total beginners to experience actors, no prior knowledge of Brecht is required. Each session costs £3/£2, pay on the evening.