Once again this was as easy to read as wading through porridge. The concept was interesting but that is all I enjoyed about this play. In all honesty I'm not particularly fond of Brecht's theatre in general. He loathed theatre that did nothing but provided entertainment, 'after dinner theatre' he called it. Instead he wanted his audience to leave thinking, questioning and did everything in his power to reiterate that this was simply a production. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, therefore, in my opinion attempts to be smart without much impact. I didn't want to start a revolution. I didn't feel anything other than dear god why are there still so many pages left.
In fact I can't tell you what happens, because I can't remember what happens. Nor can I clearly remember who is who because they have multiple names and none are used consistently. I know there was a cook that saved a child but then the child's birth mother appeared back on the scene and wanted her baby back. So they did the whole pull the child whoever pulls it out of this chalk circle wins and is the mother etc. Basically, it's a little Jeremy Kyle-esque.
It's unfair to say I hated this...because I didn't. Every book I read for my degree I loathe a little bit. Mainly because I haven't read a book for pleasure in such a long time now and my TBR pile has become a mountain range...
Name: The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Author(s): Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
Have you read The Caucasian Chalk Circle?
What did you think?
Thank-you for reading,