Mother Courage and her Children is one of Bertolt Brecht’s best known works. It is about the futility and absurdity of war.
The original text is set in during the Holy War between the Catholics and Protestants in Europe. The story is about a woman, Mother Courage, who strives to exist in those turbulent times. She runs a ‘canteen’, a kind of mobile restaurant, where she feeds and caters to soldiers of either army, depending on whose territory she is in. She is a survivor. A scavenger. A ‘hyena of the battlefield’.
QTP sets their adaptation of the play in a similar ‘analogue’ world, and retells the journey of Mother Courage, her children, and her canteen across a land that strikingly resembles our past.
For the last fifteen years, QTP has been producing its own work as well as touring remarkable international plays from the US, UK, China, and Canada. Their productions include the critically acclaimed So Many Socks, the laugh riot The President is Coming, the long running Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and the successful A Peasant of El Salvador. They also manage Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai International Literary Festival, which takes place each November; and the youth theatre movement Thespo which is now in its 16th year. The various India tours that they have managed include HeLa (2014), The Tricky Part & All The Rage (2014), Mind Walking (2011) and To The Death of My Own Family (2007). They were also instrumental in building international collaborations like Nirbhaya (2013), Gates to India Song (2013), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2006-9).