I don’t usually go out when it’s as cold and wet as it was on this particular Sunday. Nevertheless, I found myself perched on the chilly concrete steps of a sunken amphitheatre, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, for an evening of alfresco theatre.
The Scoop amphitheatre, a stone’s throw from Mayor Boris Johnson’s office window, comes alive every summer to present a variety of film, theatre and music events. Part of the More London Free Festival, this evening’s programme was a production of Brecht’s The Mother.
…an edgy, contemporary twist…
The Mother is an intriguing, witty and somewhat humanist critique of capitalism told through the experiences of those obliged, as Brecht saw it, to live beneath the system’s crushing weight. This new translation by Mark Ravenhill stays true to the ideals of Brecht’s original script, but, with an edgy, contemporary twist, Ravenhill brings the tragic tale up-to-date with the signature style he became known for in the mid 90s.
The production values were of a high standard with the symbolic cogs of change scattered across the stage. The cast was very strong with stand out performances from Alastair Hoyle, as Pavel Vlassov, and Nicky Goldie as the revolutionary mother – full of pride and courage.
Even though I’m pretty sure I now have piles, the Scoop provides a really great evening. I recommend you bring a cushion and a blanket.
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