Fear and Misery of the Third Reich

by Bertolt Brecht

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"Principles are a matter of time...
There are good ones that last a long time.
But they don't last forever."

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, also known as The Private Life of the Master Race is one of Bertolt Brecht's most famous plays and the first of his openly anti-Nazi works. It premiered in Paris on May 21, 1938.

In his letters Brecht explained that he didn't see the play as depressing but as a satire.

Through a tapestry of 24 stories Brecht portrays 1930s National Socialist Germany as a land of poverty, violence, fear and pretence. They show how Nazism occupied all areas of the citizens' lives, filling them with prejudice, distrust and silence - the seedbanks of a dictator.

This piece, by one of the 20th century's most important playwrights has lost none of its power; it challenges the norms of theatre and our preconceptions of life in the topsy-turvy pre-WW2 Germany.

at the Welsh Church Hall
881 High Road Leytonstone
E11 1HR

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In advance £8 (£5 concessions)

On the door £9 (£6 concessions)

Special rate for parties*

Fri 8th July 2016, 8pm
Sat 9th July 2016, 2.30pm and 8pm

Fri 15th July 2016, 8pm
Sat 16th July 2016, 2.30pm* and 8pm

Please note that the Saturday 16th July 2.30pm performance will be BSL signed.

*Buy nine tickets, get a tenth full price ticket free. Only available with online bookings. Pay for the full number of tickets online: we will reimburse you the cost of your free ticket(s) at the door

Note: Scene numbers are indicated in brackets
SS Officer (5), Senior Judge (6),
First SA Man (16)
Tom Cannon
SS Man (5), X (8),
Group Leader (12),
Butcher (19), Older Worker (24)
Chuquai Billy
Worker (3), First Assistant (7),
Husband (9), Gentleman
from the offices (13),
Pastor (20)
Chamat Arambewela
Second SS Officer (1),
Surgeon (7),The student (12),
The worker (14), The son (20)
Dave Flanagan
Chauffeur (3), Y (8),
Announcer (13), Farmer (18),
Dying Man (20)
Ian Powell
First SS Officer (1),
Judge (6), Young Worker (12), Man (15), Young Fellow (19), Young Worker (24)
Ian Russell
Man (2), Usher (6), Worker (13),
Child (14), Third Boy (21),
SA Man (3), Man (23)
Shay Leacy
Second Patient (7),
The man (10), SA man (14),
Released (15),
Petit-Bourgeois (19),
Scharführer (21)
Stuart Clark
Woman (2), SS Man (4),
Second Assistant (7),
The boy (10), The wife, (15),
First Boy (21)
Ashleigh Cole
Jehovah's Witness (4),
Inspector (6),
Nurse + Sisters (7),
Mother (11), The other (17),
The wife (20)
Jessica Irwin
Old man (1), Dievenbach (4),
Maidservant (1), The one (17),
The woman (19), 5th Boy (21)
Julie Rickwood
Detainee (5), Prosecutor (6),
Farmer's wife (18),
Dairywoman (19), Wife (23)
Michelle Hanks
Lohmann (4), Wife (10),
Woman worker (13),
Second woman (19),
Woman (24)
Sarah Flanagan
Brühl (4), Maidservant (6),
Daughter (11),
Young woman (16),
Butcher's wife (19),
Second Boy (21)
Sarah Sabo
Cook (3), First Patient (7),
Jewish Wife (9),
Old worker (13),
Old woman (16)
Sharon Trotter
Maidservant (3),
Third Assistant (7),
Woman (14), 4th Boy (21),
Neighbour (23)
Stasia Oh
Director Aleida Izquierdo
Assistant Director Jose Fernandez
Producer Victoria Bettelheim
Stage Manager Danielle Keene
Lighting Robert Bettelheim
Sound Steve Wess
Set Designer Shihling Huang
Costumes Carmen Jones Poulten
Front of House Management Team Jackie Withnall, Gill Taylor
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design: Connor Cahill-Hayes