The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht, Alistair Beaton

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Overview

The city burns in the heat of civil war and a servant girl sacrifices everything to protect an abandoned child. But when peace is finally restored, the boy's mother comes to claim him. Calling upon the ancient tradition of the Chalk Circle, a comical judge sets about resolving the dispute. But in a culture of corruption and deception, who wins? Written by the grand master of storytelling and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, this is one of the greatest plays of the last century.

This Caucasian Chalk Circle is translated by award-winning writer Alistair Beaton, who also wrote the bitingly witty stage play Feelgood and the celebrated TV dramas The Trial of Tony Blair and A Very Social Secretary. The play was toured by Shared Experience in 2009.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472538123
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 12/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose writing has had a major influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo and Mother Courage and her Children.

Alistair Beaton's plays and translations include Feelgood, King of Hearts and Follow My Leader and Max Frisch's The Arsonists. For television, he wrote the award-winning A Very Social Secretary (2005) and the Channel 4 film The Trial of Tony Blair (2007).
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and critical writings have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.


Alistair Beaton is a well-known playwright and political satirist, whose plays and translations include Feelgood, King of Hearts and Follow My Leader, Max Frisch's The Arsonists, and Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle. For television, he wrote the award-winning A Very Social Secretary (2005) and the Channel 4 film The Trial of Tony Blair (2007). His most recent play, Caledonia, was a co-production between the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Scotland and was staged at the Kings Theatre Edinburgh in 2010.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ex_ottoyuhr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think everyone who's read this book knows Brecht, and everyone who hasn't read it should. _The Caucasian Chalk Circle_ is of course a play -- 'book' is a little inaccurate -- which, in the process of being extremely good, shows just how much greater Brecht the writer was than Brecht the theoretician. Epic theater, to hear Brecht describe it, sounds downright inaccessible and unfriendly; to hear him _write_ it, it's like a dream, infinitely _superior_ to the naturalistic plays of earlier modern times.(And I may never get an answer to this, at least in this context, but did anyone else pick up a massive 'early SNES RPG' vibe from this book? _This_ is the style and atmosphere that the likes of _Final Fantasy 4_ and _A Link to the Past_ were *trying*, and failing, to produce...)
jorgearanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the weaker works of Brecht. Good writing spoiled by a demagogic treatment of the topic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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