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THE CHALK CIRCLE (article first published : 2005-03-1)

The Department of Drama Studies at Durban Institute of Technology (DIT) presents The Chalk Circle based on Bertolt Brechtís classic play The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Courtyard Theatre from March 12 to 19.

The production is a more simplified version of Brechtís well known play and uses both second and third year students. The ďfolk taleĒ nature of the piece is supported by uncomplicated lyrics and music and costumes that are more suggestive than realistic.

The play is derived from an ancient Chinese story and is told simply as it unfolds against a background of war and strife, oppression and greed, love and caring. The message of the play focuses on ownership, and makes a very pertinent point in the context of our own society.

Brechtís innovations in the theatre are as radical and well known as those of people like Stanislavsky and Grotowski. He was a Marxist, an antirealist and anti-war.

Tickets R30 (R20 students with cards). Performances from March 12 to 19 (excluding Sunday) at 19h00. The Courtyard Theatre is in Mansfield Road. Book at Computicket, on 031 204 2532 or at the door.




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