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La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 06/02/2006

The Brechtian analysis of the contemporary world

Philip Tirard hails the adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's play "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" (1941) now being shown at the Théâtre de Namur. "The stage director Hugues Chamart has also sought to draw a parallel with our own era. Thus, interspersed with images from the 1930s of the Nazi dictator, we see George W. Bush making brief appearances in battledress following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Moreover, Arturo Ui bears a striking resemblance here to Italy's Berlusconi, particularly during a live shot when he is seen haranguing the public from a speaker's rostrum. Elliptical and presented in black-and-white terms, the method leaves one feeling a bit discomfited. And one begins to dream of a new play, a Brechtian analysis of the global geopolitical stage of the last 15 years. It is up to each spectator, essentially, to build his own scenario."

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 18/01/2006

Derek Goldby's politically engaged theatre

The Australian-born British director Derek Goldby is presenting 'Myth, propaganda and disaster in Nazi Germany and contemporary America,' a work by the Australian writer-director Stephen Sewell, at the Théâtre de Poche in Brussels. "Asked whether he espouses the thesis in the title of Stephen Sewell's play, Derek Goldby does not mince words: 'It is out of the question to say that Nazi Germany and Bush's America are literally equivalent. But when we see the latter taking pride in inculcating democracy at the barrel of a gun, we have a duty to observe that something is no longer right. What has happened in the last three years makes me sick. (...) This play is a warning in the guise of a thriller."

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