Analysis Of Brecht 's ' The Ballad Of The Burning Star ) And A Musical ( 1998 Broadway Version Of
Berthold Brecht is the German born playwright, theatre director and father of “epic theatre” (Gradesaver.com, 2015). In this essay I will be observing how Brecht has influenced other playwrights over the years, to do this I have a play (The ballad of the burning star) and a musical (1998 Broadway version of caberet) as case studies. I will then compare the examples I find to Brecht’s own work.
Brecht gave future generations many methods to incorporate into their performances such as;
Verfremdungseffekt- To break the fourth wall and address the audience, an example of this is in “mother courage and her children” when a mother is confronted with the dilemma of having enough money to feed two of her children or using all she has to give to kidnappers in exchange for her son, while she questions herself she then turns to the audience to ask “what would you do?”. This is used to alienate the audience and go against the typical Aristotelian theatre to make both the actor and audience observers in the events unfolding so that they would make a judgment and see how this reflects in the real world. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014)
Gestus- To use a subtle characteristic of a character to reflect society, politics or as some would argue…