Aequitas Theatre Company is set to stage Bertolt Brecht’s most famous play, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich in a new production at the Jack Studio Theatre, in South London.
Translated by John Willett Fear and Misery was Brecht’s first openly anti-Nazi play. 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 that happen?
Aequitas takes Brecht’s Fear and Misery of the Third Reich and applies it to 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, and told through a series if playlers, the piece imagines what the world might become if we continue to repeat our mistakes.
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.
“Our task is very difficult, but it’s the greatest one there is – to free the human race from its oppressors,” he says.
Cast – Clark Alexander, Faye Maughan, LaTanya Santana Peterkin, William Ross-Fawcett, Rhiannon Sommers and Hugo Trebels.
Directed by Rachael Bellis, Fear & Misery of the Third Reich runs at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from January 16 – February 3.