Noel Witts - Professor of Performing Arts

Barbara Brecht-Schall

September 17, 2015

Several years ago John Theocharis and I made a BBC Radio 3 documentary about the redoubtable Barbara, daughter of Bertolt, who has recently died, where we juxtaposed her comments about ‘papa’ with readings from his poems. It probably sank into the BBC radio 3 archive, but I well remember her interview, where she struggled to reconcile her festy self – forbidding productions, trying to persuade the National Theatre not to cast Judy Dench as Mother Courage etc – with her clear adoration of her father. I think she gave us cake in her flat in what was then East Berlin, was on the whole polite, and was  quite pleased that the BBC should think her worth talking to. And so she has gone on, one of the generations of legatees of creative lives – Wagner, Samuel Beckett, Picasso, John Lennon – whose lives themselves  deserve some scrutiny. I even remember , in my university days at Leeds, having to submit designs for a student production of “Mother Courage” to Helene Weigel, Brecht’s wife. She refused them and we went on to perform Ernst Toller’s “Draw the Fires”instead!! Of such are inheritors made……

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September

    This year Liverpool Hope has made me a Professorial Fellow - an honour which I have been pleased to accept.
    Several years ago John Theocharis and I made a BBC Radio 3 documentary about the redoubtable Barbara,

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2013

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    "Demarco's Travels"  is an ambulant performance devised for this year's Edinburgh fringe at the Summerhall

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    BUXTON FESTIVAL, 2013 This is this the first Buxton festival under the direction of Stephen Barlow
    SIBIU INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, 7-16 June,  2013 The Sibiu

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    The response to Vaclav Havel's death outside the Czech and Slovak republics has been a strange mixture

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    Just back from seeing the run of Andriy Zholdak's 'Mefisto', being shown at the State Theatre in Uppsala,
    Sally-Anne Kelly, an MA student from Central St.Martins, London, has just finished digitalising most
    Sad to hear of Dragan's death - one of the most interesting and combative theatre intellectuals I have
    Just back from a validating visit to Lasalle College of Arts in Singapore, an extraordinary glass building
    Heard last week of the death of Linda, one of he founders of the Performing Arts degree course at Leicester

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    Just been present at a Kantor show at Rose Bruford College, London, where third year students were directed

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