The Good Soul of Szechuan

Thu 14th – Sat 23rd Jun 2012

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“"How can you be good when everything is so expensive?"”

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

SUMMARY

THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN

By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Patrick Sandford

Translated by David Harrower

Music by David Sawyer

Three Gods come down to earth to see if there are any people left who are truly Good. Only Shen Te, the local prostitute, will give them a room for the night! The Gods reward her with enough money to buy a little tobacconist shop. The catch is: She must try to be Good.

But how can you be good when all the neighbours start taking advantage? How can you be good when the man you fall in love with only wants you for your money? How can you be good when the tobacco sacks are filled with something that distinctly is not tobacco?

Her mysterious cousin, a ruthless businessman, sorts everybody out….. or does he? There is mystery, and a baby on the way and the water seller will sell you water even though it’s raining….

This is Brecht’s own shorter version of one of his best loved and most enjoyable plays. There are songs and a really lively modern translation by David Harrower.

But how can you be good when everything is so expensive?

Admission: Free

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