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Event Date: 2nd May 2019 | 19:30

Brecht’s Fleischhacker

GUEST PROJECTS, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL.

You are warmly invited to the work-in-progress showings of FLEISCHHACKER. These will be the first UK performances of this timely play fragment by Bertolt Brecht, in a new translation published by Bloomsbury/Methuen in January 2019, in Brecht and the Writer's Workshop ( The showings are free of charge.


Strikingly titled FLEISCHHACKER, this was Brecht’s first exploration of the subject of global capitalism, prompting his turn towards Marxism and the development of epic theatre. FLEISCHHACKER looks at financial speculation at Chicago’s commodity exchange, its global economic risks and harrowing effects on social cohesion and the urban poor. The material intertwines the story of a cut-throat futures trader who attempts to corner the wheat market with the story of a destitute farming family who come to Chicago to try their luck. The text abounds with timely resonances of the 2008 financial crash and the ensuing political crises of the past decade. 


I’ve had

Money to buy this city and I wanted to have

More money

Twice, two harvests, I was the greatest man

And I wanted to be greater than I was myself

Great fun!


To attend please book one of the following events:

Thursday, 2 May: 7.30pm. To book click here:

Post-show discussion chaired by Tim Bano, Joint Lead Critic for The Stage Newspaper and Producer for Radio 4.

Friday, 3 May: 4pm. To book click here:

Friday, 3 May: 7pm. To book click here:

Post-show discussion chaired by Tom Kuhn, Professor of German Literature (Oxford University), translator and general editor of Brecht's works in English (Bloombsbury/Methuen Drama). 


Venue: Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL.

Nearest public transport: Bethnal Green Underground; Cambridge Heath Overground (from Liverpool St); Hoxton Overground.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. Duration of showing: 60 min.


The showings will be the culmination of an R&D residency at Guest Projects, Hackney, developing Brecht’s scene sketches into a performance script and multi-media concept for a full production: Fleischhacker at Guest Projects. 

CAST: Joe Bence, Angelina Chudi, Ery Nzramba, Bruno Roubicek.

CREATIVE TEAM: Artistic Director: Phoebe von Held, Designer: Sophie Jump, Multi-Media Director/Sound: Jamie Hamilton, Lighting: Joshua Gadsby, Videographer: Dror Shohet.

The R&D is funded by Arts Council England, The Talle Fund University of Minnesota, The Writing Brecht Project at Oxford University; and supported by a Guest Projects Residency

Posted: 18th Apr 2019 | 07:48

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