Fear and Misery of The Third Reich

4 Star ****

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht, translated by John Willet is presented by the Lincoln Company.

Sections of life about the violence and oppression during the reign of the Nazi’s, Brecht’s harshly satirical take on this period in history is a well balanced mix of humour and tragedy.

The group work as a company with swift pace, cutting film like between the scenes and creating an open relationship with the audience. Their energy and passion make it more than just a period piece but enjoyable, thought provoking and powerful as any realistic drama on the Nazi’s.

The fantastic venue is used to spectacular effect with solid technical work helping to create convincing tableaux images. With puppets, songs and bold character’s the group involve the audience before we’ve even taken our seats.

First time Brecht audience should find this appealing and enjoyable and Brecht fan’s should be content with the achievement.

Reviewed by Andrew Gourlay

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