In 1941, fleeing the Nazis, Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht arrived in America where he met English actor and Hollywood star Charles Laughton. Attracted to each other like celestial objects they embarked on translating and adapting Brecht's play Life of Galileo for its American premiere, with Laughton playing the lead, while history, in the form of the the atomic bomb and the House Un-American Activities Committee, exerted its pull.
The play explores the conflict between idealism and personal courage, the role of roles in the exercise of power – how playing a part can give you licence to behave without responsibility – and how battles in the abstract can map themselves onto the personal.
Originally commissioned for the Ealing Autumn Festival, this production has played at the Drayton Theatre Ealing, the White Bear Theatre Kennington and Hoftheater Sigmaringen in Germany.
The Entire Theatre Company specialise in small cast, stripped back productions. Their motto: 'Small Stage – Big Ideas'.
“A fascinating play about two great artists.” Carolin Kopplin – UK Theatre Network
“...a fine play...” “...both actors were excellent...” starcourse blog
“Truly gripping and thought provoking... ...as relevant today as it was in Germany in the 1940s or in seventeenth century Rome.” Anne Dunhill – Independent Catholic News Review
“...some really funny moments...” “Very strong two person play...” Matthew Partridge – Remote Goat ★★★★
“...like a boxing match, the two characters jab punches towards each other’s beliefs, convictions and philosophies.” “...a highly enjoyable play...” Penny Culliford – Remote Goat ★★★★