Aequitas Theatre Company presents Fear and Misery of the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht, translated by John Willett.
The world is under the threat of fascism and war is looming ever closer. Liberalism and socialist ties are condemned by those in power. How did we get here?
Aequitas takes Brecht’s Fear and Misery of the Third Reich and applies it to our modern global society, taking a look at the lives of average people and the reasons they comply with those in power.
Set in the near future, this piece imagines what the world might become if we continue to repeat our mistakes. “Our task is very difficult, but it’s the greatest one there is – to free the human race from its oppressors.”
Bertolt Brecht: Brecht was a pioneer and theatrical genius whose work not only commented on the politics of the 1930s, but also strove to foster change. His work is renowned worldwide and he is credited with the construction of a new method of performance. His influence spreads far and wide. Fear and Misery of the Third Reich was begun in 1937, with the first eight playlets performed in 1938, as Hitler rose to power in Germany.
The Company: Aequitas creates theatre that represents and comments on our ever changing world. Past productions have mashed technology with theatre in work that looks at socio-political aspects of today. Aequitas is made up of several founding members: Rachael Bellis, Sophia Start, and Chuma Emembolu. The company is committed to equality and justice and is named after that principle in Greek philosophy. Aequitas works with artists of all backgrounds and is committed to casting diversely.
The Creative Team
Playwright |Bertolt Brecht, translated by John Willett Composer | Clifford Hughes
Director | Rachael Bellis
Design | Afke Laarakker
Lighting Design | Chuma Emembolu
Sound Design | Chuma Emembolu
Producer | Aequitas Theatre Company
The Cast: Clark Alexander; Faye Maughan; Latanya Santana Peterkin; William Ross-Fawcett; Rhiannon Sommers; Hugo Trebels
Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH
Tuesday 16 January to Saturday 3 February 2018
Press Night | Thursday 18 January | 7.30pm