BERTOLT BRECHT’S – ‘Man Equals Man’

Translation by GERHARD NELLHAUS,
presented by arrangement with ALAN BRODIE REPRESENTATION LIMITED
Directed by Tracy Collier

‘Herr Bertolt Brecht maintains
man equals man – A view that has been around since time began. But then Herr Brecht points out how far one can, manoeuvre and manipulate that man.’

‘Tonight you will see
a man reassembled like a car. Leaving all his individual components
just as they are’

(Man Equals Man’)


This highly physical production works to expose Identity as something fragile and easily corrupted. Does “free will” exist? Or are human beings merely victims of social construction?

Our aim with our Brechtian productions is to show how V-Effect techniques can be applied to a performance.

Each scene in the play has a specific gestic, political message such as:

‘Power corrupts’
‘Love and loyalty is not as important
as business’
‘Every man has his price’
‘Every man is a victim of social construction’

We highlight these gests by creating clear and precise stage pictures. We demonstrate a didactic approach to theatre by utilising projections, masks, a functional set, placards, visible stage management, montage, live music, song, gestic acting, spass, narration, character doubling and audience interaction by breaking the fourth wall.

length: 1hr 20 min
Cast: 4
Space required: 7m x 7m minimum
Lighting: Basic white wash

We provide a teacher’s pack which clearly defines Brechtian theory and Epic theatre. The pack also provides a breakdown of the techniques incorporated into the show alongside a justification as to their importance in communicating a gest and encouraging conscious political and social analysis. We are also offering a gestic picture package which includes 30 colour A5 photos of the production, along with a list of gestic messages to use as a teaching aid.