Brechtian Theatre: Rehearsing with Professionals; Rehearsing with Students

Posted: October 15, 2017

The Brecht in Practice project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has allowed me to direct full-length shows with both professional and student actors (Closer by Patrick Marber in 2016 and The Crucible by Arthur Miller in 2017, respectively). Each production was rehearsed in four weeks with an additional production week (a technical […]


Can a Naturalistic Film Be Considered Brechtian ?

Posted: October 7, 2017

Brecht notes in his unpublished ‘Stanislavsky Studies’ of 1953 that the Russian director’s theatre was in fact alive with Verfremdung, but Stanislavsky just didn’t know it. I used to find this a rather glib observation, Brecht trying to find his theatre in anyone else’s and tarring them with his own brush. And Stanislavsky was a particularly […]


Welcome to Blog

Posted: September 29, 2017

Welcome to the blog. I will be using this space to consider examples of Brechtian work, primarily in theatre and film, as a way of pointing to varieties of artistic practices in different media. I’ll also be offering links to and comments on sites that may (or may not) help visitors to this site […]


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David Barnett
Professor of Theatre
University of York