DARING TO PLAY
A Brecht Companion

MANFRED WEKWERTH
264pp 15 HALFTONES 2011 LIST PRICE: £22.99 (P) L973

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Brecht is back in fashion. Intellectuals as well as politicians quote him to support their views. The Brecht Institute has released an online communiqué, ‘Brecht – the Goethe of the twenty-first century’. This would certainly have amused Brecht, who always believed his popularity was based on the fact that ‘Brecht’s slogans were best’. Wekwerth, Brecht's co-director and former director of the Berliner Ensemble, here challenges prevailing myths and misconceptions of Brecht's theatre and provides a refreshing approach to his plays and theatrical craft. The book is rich in information, examples and anecdotal detail from first-hand acquaintance with Brecht and rehearsals with the Berliner Ensemble.