by Bertolt Brecht
24 July - 17 August
Shen Te is a "tart with a heart", compassionate and generous, even towards people who exploit her virtues. Three Gods on a fact-finding mission reward the only good person they can find, the prostitute Shen Te, with the means to start a little business. But that's when her troubles begin as everyone takes advantage of her good nature. To survive she creates a male alter ego, the ruthless and exploitative Shui Ta. However, Shen Te struggles to keep her world together switching between these two identities. Can her good soul endure the pressures of hardship when self-interest, deceit, corruption and opportunism are more readily rewarded?
German-born playwright Bertolt Brecht is one of the twentieth century's most respected and influential theatrical forces. As the father of modern "epic theatre", his work includes such classics as The Life Galileo
, Mother Courage and her Children
and The Caucasian Chalk
. With compatriot Kurt Weill, he wrote The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny
and, perhaps most famously, The Threepenny Opera
. In The Good Soul of Szechaun
, Brecht has created a dark and dazzling parable, timely as ever, which explores the place of love and goodness in a dauntingly complex world. It's hard to be good when you're broke; harder still if you are living in a broken world.
Packed with glorious characters, great music and song, The Soul of Szechuan
promises to be a theatrical highlight of 2014. Unmissable!
featuring Robyn Malcolm, Cameron Rhodes, Goretti Chadwick, Andrew Grainger, Yuri Kinugawa
direction by Colin McColl
for more information and to book tickets visit the Auckland Theatre Company website