Caucasian Chalk Circle
Fri Sep 22, 10:00 - Fri Sep 22, 11:00
National Children's Theatre
The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
Production: Menzi Mkhwane Creations
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a classical play written by Bertolt Brecht and produced by
Menzi Khwane Creations especially for matric learners this year, and for families with children
ages 12 and up.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a classical play written by Bertolt Brecht and produced by Menzi Khwane Creations especially for matric learners this year, and for families with children ages 12 and up.
Caucasian Chalk Circle is a play within a play. It begins with two groups of farmers who are deciding who should own a piece of land. In the middle of the discussion, a group of players is called to enact a play to help them decide. The play within the play tells the story of a kitchen maid who escapes a raid with a noble child, and later returns with the child to
later claim it as her own. The climax of The Caucasian Chalk Circle takes place in a courtroom, as a rather unconventional judge named Azdak employs a very unusual method to determine who should get custody of the noble child. The dispute over the child reflects the dispute over the land, and this production explores many parallels with South African society.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle offers a way to think about ownership and property, and the individual’s greater responsibility to the collective good.
Themes: War, family dynamics, justice, class, conflict, jealousy and greed.
When: Friday 22 September 2023 at 10:00
Where: NTC’s Inspiration Theatre - Indoor, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Who: Learners in Grades 11 and 12 and their families or schools, Family Bookings: R150 per person. Book on Quicket
School Bookings: Call 011 484 1584 or email [email protected]. Tickets are R100 per learner (for 40 or more learners)