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The Good Person of Sichuan

3 Oct - 19 Oct
  • Running time approx 2hrs 30 mins including interval
  • £10 – £25

A Mercury Theatre Made in Colchester Production.

It’s hard to be good when you’re broke. Harder still if you’re living in a broken world. Bertolt Brecht’s classic tale of one woman’s struggle to stay true to her heart in the face of a society in economic melt-down, is a parable for all times.

With music from Tony Award-nominated composer Grant Olding Brecht’s story begins when a group of Gods on a fact-finding mission reward the only good person they can find in Sichuan province, Shen Te, with the means to start a little business. However, it doesn’t take long for her to realise that this newfound financial stability won’t last if people keep taking advantage of her generous nature. That is until the mysterious arrival of her ruthless ‘cousin’, Shui Ta, who’s happy to do whatever it takes to protect young Shen Te’s interests. But how long can this fragile double act last when Shen Te is falling in love and Shui Ta is getting fat on the proceeds of other people’s hardship?

Brecht’s 1943 masterpiece is brilliantly retold in this funny, thought-provoking, accessible translation by poet Michael Hofmann, and brought bang up to date here by critically-acclaimed director Nikolai Foster.

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Mercury Main Theatre
  • Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

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The Mercury's main 499-seater auditorium, with parking nearby at St. Mary's multi-storey car park!

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Cast
Tanya Franks
Tanya Franks
Shen Te
Dominic Gately
Dominic Gately
First God/Lin To/Waiter/As Cast
Gary Shelford
Gary Shelford
Brother/Yang Sun
Jake Davies
Jake Davies
Wang
Justin Pierre
Justin Pierre
Husband
Lucy Williamson
Lucy Williamson
The Wife/Mrs Mi Tzu
Mitesh Soni
Mitesh Soni
Second God/Unemployed Man
Nancy Sullivan
Nancy Sullivan
Sister in Law/As Cast
Stefan Gumbs
Stefan Gumbs
Nephew/As Cast
Sue Vincent
Sue Vincent
Mrs Shin
Mike Burnside
Mike Burnside
Third God/The Grandfather/The Policeman/Priest/As Cast
Creatives
Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht
Writer
Michael Hofmann
Michael Hofmann
Translator
Nikolai Foster
Nikolai Foster
Director
Laurence Cook
Laurence Cook
Assistant Director
Grant Olding
Grant Olding
Composer
takis
takis
Designer
James Whiteside
James Whiteside
Lighting Designer
Sebastian Frost
Sebastian Frost
Sound Designer
Lucy Jenkins and Sooki McShane
Lucy Jenkins and Sooki McShane
Casting
"Tanya Franks gives an excellent performance"
— Whatsonstage.com
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