That Bastard Brecht

Theatre (true-life, musical theatre)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


That Bastard Brecht reverberates with contemporary relevance: the exploitation of women as artists throughout time, the withholding of recognition and financial reward. This is Brecht’s story told through the lens of Elizabeth Hauptmann. Unlike victims of today, Hauptmann, Grete Steffin, Ruth Berlau, Carola Neher and, for that matter, Helene Weigel, said little or nothing to criticize the genius of Brecht and his idiosyncratic behavior. This is Nuworks original storytelling with twelve new songs evocative of the Weimar years of Berlin, sin city of the world, cabaret and burlesque and the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Audience enters from George IV Bridge, with a couple of steps from the street into the building. A temporary ramp is available when required. The Sanctuary has level access from front of house. The audience enter down the side of a raked seating rig, with one row of seats on the floor and several further rows accessed via steps on a central aisle.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Level Access

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Christine McDerment 113 days ago

A great show. My husband saw it last year and was so impressed he insisted on returning to it this year and taking me with him. You can't say better than that.
It had a lot to live up to - and it did. Great acting, good music, excellent story telling. It should have better audiences than the night we were there. It really deserves full houses.
My only complaint would be the volume. Three of the cast members had no mics and could be heard perfectly well but when the music and singing was going full blast, it was far too loud. Don't let that put you off, though: it's worth it.

Nancy Workman 114 days ago

This show should sell out every time--the story of Bertolt Brecht and his lovers as they collaborated on the Threepenny Opera and other works in Weimar, with clever, biting songs and great choreography performed by a full cast. The lead actor conveys the charisma that drew people to Brecht even as he manipulated and exploited them. One of the few truly five-star things I've seen this Fringe.

Jane Talbot 115 days ago

I was really looking forward to see this performance after seeing FAWK the night before. Oh my word I was not disappointed. Brilliant story telling starting with strong writing, acted by a bunch of extremely talented actors. The original score, played so expertly, enhances the story as does the simple but very effective choreography. I loved the fact that they are such a close ensemble but they let the audience in to immerse themselves in the story. This closeness of the cast was demonstrated by their outstanding singing. Not one actor was stronger than the other, they all showed belief in their characters giving 100% from start to finish. The energy goes on and on. Thank you NuWorks for the fun. I’ll be back tonight and recommend that others come for a fabulous 70 mins of entertainment.

Al Duncan 124 days ago

Every now and then a show comes round that refreshes your soul and restores your faith in contemporary theatre. ‘That Bastard Brecht’ is that show! If you only see one show in Edinburgh during August make sure it is this one.

In a nutshell, this productions explains how Brecht’s style of theatre was created using Brecht’s style of theatre.

First and foremost, credit must go to the incredibly gifted ensemble company (it would be unfair to single any of them out) who gave nothing less than 100% throughout. It was wonderful to see a company that was not only totally committed to each other but also to what they were performing.

This could become a dissertation length review so to précis:
The musicianship was outstanding.
The seemingly simple choreography was so effective.
The energy from the whole company was contagious.
I laughed lots.
I was chilled to the core by some of the foreboding imagery.

It seems that all too often these days we are bombarded with contemporary imagery and references to hammer ‘the message’ home; and we are left feeling dumbed-down. Not this time.

The bastard would be proud of this genius!
That you Nuworks.

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The List (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

Overdue take down for theatre legend...

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FringeReview 121 days ago

As we walk into the theatre the rich tones of the live band set the scene, and we are in the Berlin of the Weimar Republic. The energetic opening number – reprised at the end – sets up how we are to see our hero – that bastard Brecht –...

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