The Mother, Scoop, London

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From the family-friendly fare of Around the World in 80 Days, the second half of Steam Industry’s Dangerous Journeys season kicks off at 8pm with Bertold Brecht’s 1932 play, in a new translation by Mark Ravenhill.

A tale of rebellion against the financial and political ruling classes, the piece gains additional levels of irony by being played in a space nestling at the foot of the home of London’s politicians and surrounded by offices which, during the day, are full of accountants. And the open air setting allows for natural, and appropriate, lighting, as dusk turns to darkness on a Russia heading for war and revolution.

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The Mother, Scoop, London5Scott Matthewman2011-08-08 17:31:10From the family-friendly fare of Around the World in 80 Days, the second half of Steam Industry’s Dangerous Journeys season kicks off at 8pm with Bert…

Around the World in 80 Days, Scoop, London

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Shameful confession time: despite this being the ninth year of free theatre at the Scoop amphitheatre next to London’s City Hall, and despite my having worked no more than five minutes’ walk away for nearly as long, Friday was my first attendance at Steam Industry Free Theatre’s programme of events.

The title of the company’s 2011 season is Dangerous Journeys. Later in the evening, Bertold Brecht’s The Mother would undertake a personal, political and metaphorical journey. However, the evening kicks off with the repertory company taking a more literal approach, with Jules Verne’s eccentric Englishman Phileas Fogg (Eugene Washington) circumnavigating the globe in order to win a bet.

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Around the World in 80 Days, Scoop, London3Scott Matthewman2013-06-03 18:04:59Shameful confession time: despite this being the ninth year of free theatre at the Scoop amphitheatre next to London’s City Hall, and despite my havin…