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The Good Person of Sichuan

by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Michael Hofmann

Director Nikolai Foster

Assistant Director Laurence Cook

Composer Grant Olding

Designer takis

Lighting Designer James Whiteside

Sound Designer Sebastian Frost

Cast includes: Mike Burnside, Jake Davies, Tanya Franks, Dominic Gately, Stefan Gumbs, Justin Pierre, Gary Shelford, Mitesh Soni, Nancy Sullivan, Sue Vincent, Lucy Williamson.

A Mercury Theatre Made in Colchester Production

“A great poetic parable of schizophrenia, true love and ambiguous morals”
The Financial Times

“Tanya Franks gives an excellent performance”
whatsonstage.com

“Tanya Franks is outstanding in the title role”
Halstead Gazette

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.

There will be smoking and haze in this production.

Running time approx 2hrs 30 mins including interval

Past Performances

Thu 3 Oct 7:30pm
Fri 4 Oct 7:30pm
Sat 5 Oct 7:30pm
Mon 7 Oct 7:30pm
Tue 8 Oct 7:30pm
Wed 9 Oct 7:30pm Page to Stage, Talk Back
Thu 10 Oct 2:30pm Seniors Matinee
Thu 10 Oct 7:30pm
Fri 11 Oct 7:30pm
Sat 12 Oct 2:30pm
Sat 12 Oct 7:30pm
Mon 14 Oct 7:30pm
Tue 15 Oct 7:30pm
Wed 16 Oct 7:30pm
Thu 17 Oct 2:30pm
Thu 17 Oct 7:30pm Caption Performance
Fri 18 Oct 7:30pm
Sat 19 Oct 2:30pm Audio Description
Sat 19 Oct 7:30pm

∗∗∗∗ “Tanya Franks gives an excellent performance”

Whatsonstage.com

“Tanya Franks switches clothes with aplomb and presents two nicely different characters, one naïve and vulnerable, the other confident with just an edge of menace.

East Anglian Daily Times

“Tanya Franks is outstanding in the title role”

Halstead Gazette

Cast

Mike Burnside

Mike Burnside

Third God/The Grandfather/The Policeman/Priest/As Cast

Tanya Franks

Tanya Franks

Shen Te

Dominic Gately

Dominic Gately

First God/Lin To/Waiter/As Cast

Stefan Gumbs

Stefan Gumbs

Nephew/As Cast

Gary Shelford

Gary Shelford

Brother/Yang Sun

Mitesh Soni

Mitesh Soni

Second God/Unemployed Man

Nancy Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan

Sister in Law/As Cast

Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent

Mrs Shin

Lucy Williamson

Lucy Williamson

The Wife/Mrs Mi Tzu

Creatives

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

Mercury Theatre

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