Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger's touch. But when you live with them and love them, you feel the softness going inward, the round-cheeked flesh wobbly as custard, the boneless splay of the tiny hands. Their joints are melted rubber, and even when you kiss them hard, in the passion of loving their existence, your lips sink down and seem never to find bone.
The Recruiting Officer and Sergeant are introduced, both complaining about the difficulty of recruiting soldiers to the war. Anna Fierling Mother Courage enters pulling a cart containing provisions for sale to soldiers, and introduces her children Eilif, Kattrin, and Swiss Cheese.
The sergeant negotiates a deal with Mother Courage while Eilif is conscripted by the Recruiting Officer. Two years thereafter, Mother Courage argues with a Protestant General's cook over a caponand Eilif is congratulated by the General for killing peasants and slaughtering their cattle.
Eilif and his mother sing "The Fishwife and the Soldier". Mother Courage scolds her son for endangering himself. Three years later, Swiss Cheese works as an army paymaster.
Mother Courage uses this song to warn Kattrin against involving herself with soldiers. Before the Catholic troops arrive, the Cook and Chaplain bring a message from Eilif.
Swiss Cheese hides the regiment's paybox from invading soldiers, and Mother Courage and companions change their insignia from Protestant to Catholic. Swiss Cheese is captured and tortured by the Catholics having hidden the paybox by the river.
Mother Courage attempts bribery to free him, planning to pawn the wagon first and redeem it with the regiment money. When Swiss Cheese claims that he has thrown the box in the river, Mother Courage backtracks on the price, and Swiss Cheese is killed.
Fearing to be shot as an accomplice, Mother Courage does not acknowledge his body, and it is discarded. Later, Mother Courage waits outside the General's tent to register a complaint and sings the "Song of Great Capitulation" to a young soldier anxious to complain of inadequate pay.
The song persuades both to withdraw their complaints. When Catholic General Tilly's funeral approaches, the Chaplain tells Mother Courage that the war will still continue, and she is persuaded to pile up stocks. The Chaplain then suggests to Mother Courage that she marry him, but she rejects his proposal.
Mother Courage curses the war because she finds Kattrin disfigured after being raped by a drunken soldier. Thereafter Mother Courage is again following the Protestant army.
Two peasants try to sell merchandise to her when they hear news of peace with the death of the Swedish king. The Cook appears and causes an argument between Mother Courage and the Chaplain.
Mother Courage is off to the market while Eilif enters, dragged in by soldiers. Eilif is executed for killing a peasant while stealing livestock, trying to repeat the same act for which he was praised as hero in wartime, but Mother Courage never hears thereof. When she finds out the war continues, the Cook and Mother Courage move on with the wagon.
In the seventeenth year of the war, there is no food and no supplies. The Cook inherits an inn in Utrecht and suggests to Mother Courage that she operate it with him, but refuses to harbour Kattrin. Thereafter Mother Courage and Kattrin pull the wagon by themselves.
When Mother Courage is trading in the Protestant city of Halle, Kattrin is left with a peasant family in the countryside overnight. As Catholic soldiers force the peasants to guide the army to the city for a sneak attack, Kattrin fetches a drum from the cart and beats it, waking the townspeople, but is herself shot.
Early in the morning, Mother Courage sings a lullaby to her daughter's corpse, has the peasants bury it, and hitches herself to the cart. Most of the score consisted of original compositions by the Swiss composer Paul Burkhard ; the rest had been arranged by him.
The musicians were placed in view of the audience so that they could be seen, one of Brecht's many techniques in Epic Theatre. Therese Giehsea well-known actress at the time, took the title role.
The second production of Mother Courage took place in then East Berlin inwith Brecht's second wife Helene Weigelhis main actress and later also director, as Mother Courage. Paul Dessau supplied a new score, composed in close collaboration with Brecht himself.
This production would highly influence the formation of Brecht's company, the Berliner Ensemblewhich would provide him a venue to direct many of his plays. Brecht died directing Galileo for the Ensemble.
Even so, he wrote that the Berlin audience failed to see Mother Courage's crimes and participation in the war and focused on her suffering instead.
Produced by Rudolph Cartier ; it starred Flora Robson in the title role. The play remained unperformed in Britain after the Littlewood production until when the Stratford-upon-Avon Amateur Players undertook to introduce the play to the English Midlands.A mother reunited with the son she gave up for adoption 30 years ago says now they’re in love - and trying for a baby together.
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