Bertolt Brecht’s methods of collective experimentation, and his unique framing of the theatrical event as a forum for change, placed him among the most important contributors to the theory and practice of theatre. His work continues to have a signiﬁcant impact on performance practitioners, critics and teachers alike. Now revised and reissued, this book combines:
- an overview of the key periods in Brecht’s life and work
- a clear explanation of his key theories, including the renowned ideas of Gestus and Verfremdung
- an account of his groundbreaking 1954 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle
- an in-depth analysis of his practical exercises and rehearsal methods.
As a ﬁrst step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are an invaluable resource for students and scholars.