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Saturday, February 27, 2016


Michaelhouse in partnership with Treverton will present The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Schlesinger Theatre next week. Michaelhouse senior boys will team up with Treverton girls from grades 11 and 12 in this IEB setwork for drama.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an epic play written by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1944.

The Michaelhouse/Treverton version, in an adapted prologue, is set in post-Apartheid South Africa, as different parties argue over ownership of a piece of land. A play (Brecht’s original) is shown to help with the decision. The play is told in five scenes, and is really two stories. The first story is about Grusha, a strong-willed peasant girl, and the second is about Azdak, a judge who brings a unique brand of justice to the land.

The story is set within the story of the land debate, a play-within-a-play. Brecht uses epic theatre techniques, such as distancing the audience from emotional reaction, through song, humour and the sheer size of the play, in order to get the audience to think intellectually about issues and form objective opinions.

Directed by William le Cordeur, The Caucasian Chalk Circle has performances on March 3 at 19h30 and March 4 at 14h00 in the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in the KZN Midlands. Tickets R50 booked through Mrs Angela Jonsson at or call 033 234 1314 (From April 21 - Weekdays between 08h00 and 13h00) The play runs at 1 hour 45 minutes with no interval.