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The Caucasian Chalk Circle
By Bertolt Brecht

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a play by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. An example of Brecht's epic theatre, the play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than the baby's wealthy biological parents.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is one of Brecht's most celebrated works and one of the most regularly performed 'German' plays. It reworks Brecht's earlier short story "Der Augsburger Kreidekreis." Both derive from the 14th-century Chinese play The Chalk Circle by Li Xingdao.


  • Gary Crossan

  • Geoff Hatt

  • Fra Gunn

  • Dave Marken

  • Nuala McGowan

  • Eimear Morrissey

  • Richard Priestly

  • Karl O’Neill

  • Liz Wilson


  • Director: Lisa May

  • Musical Director: Matthew Reeve

  • Lighting Design: James McFetridge

  • Set & Costume Design: Stuart Marshall


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There is much to admire in this musically adept, visually stunning production, which incorporates mask, mime, dumb show and puppetry … a sparky, workmanlike interpretation of the vision of one of the theatrical giants of the twentieth century. Jane Coyle, Irish Theatre Magazine
In typical Bruiser tradition, this production was fast moving, gripping, entertaining and technically proficient … a provincial Bruiser production at its best. Jim Masson, Down News