Annual Collinson Lecture: Outreach Activities at the Berliner Ensemble, 1949-1956

3:00pm - 4:00pm / Wednesday 8th May 2019
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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Bertolt Brecht stands as one of the key figures in the history of the theatre in the twentieth-century and in 1949, together with his wife, the actress Helene Weigel, he established the Berliner Ensemble at the heart of cultural life in East Berlin in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The Berliner Ensemble sought to build new and working-class audiences for the theatre around the performance of Brecht’s work, though Brecht’s relation to the GDR was sometimes strained until his death in 1956.

In the Annual Collinson Lecture in German Studies, Professor Laura Bradley shares the findings of some of her recent research into the history of the Berliner Ensemble and she considers the outreach activities undertaken by the theatre from 1949-56. The talk will be of wide interest to anyone interested in Brecht and in the theatre as an institution, and it promises an insight into the history of audience-building activities in the theatre.

Speaker Bio: Laura Bradley is Professor of German at the University of Edinburgh. She has published widely on Brecht and the theatre and on cultural politics in the German Democratic Republic.

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