The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Two mothers stand before a corrupt judge.

A child sits between them.

The fate of a country hangs in the balance.

The chalk circle decides.


Originally performed in a student production at Carleton College, Minnesota, ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ remains one of Brecht’s best-loved works. Translated by Frank McGuiness, in a version originally commissioned and performed by Complicite and the National Theatre, a Chinese parable is hijacked by Brecht’s famously political storytelling.