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.

    Past Performances

    DATE
    TIME
    Thu, 3 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Fri, 4 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Sat, 5 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Mon, 7 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Tue, 8 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Wed, 9 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Thu, 10 Oct 13
    2:30 pm
    Thu, 10 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Fri, 11 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Sat, 12 Oct 13
    2:30 pm
    Sat, 12 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Mon, 14 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Tue, 15 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Wed, 16 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Thu, 17 Oct 13
    2:30 pm
    Thu, 17 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Fri, 18 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
    Sat, 19 Oct 13
    2:30 pm
    Sat, 19 Oct 13
    7:30 pm
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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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