A music-theatre version of Brecht's 'Good Person of Szechwan'
Devised with Third Year students at East 15 (BA in World Performance)
Performed in February 2022 at Clifftown Theatre [East 15], Southend-on-Sea
“The little lifeboat is swiftly sent down.
Too many men, too greedily, hold on to it as they drown.”
A trio of gods come to earth in search of enough good people to justify their existence. They find Shen Teh, a good-hearted but penniless prostitute, and make her a gift that enables her to set up her own business. But her goodness brings ruin and she must disguise herself as a man in order to muster sufficient ruthlessness to survive.
This new production by a powerful ensemble is a gender-bending, absurd and dark exploration of what it means to strive for survival in a world bound to hate, judge and betray.
Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by John Willet
Directed & Adapted by Emily Louizou
Costume Design by Ioana Curelea
Set & Video Design by Carlos Moral Reis