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An Experiment with The Caucasian Chalk Circle

In 2017, Backbone in partnership with Queensland Music Festival will present two shows touring into schools: The Box and An Experiment with The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

For Secondary School Students

Terms 2 and 3

A chalk circle is drawn on the ground. But to whom does the ground belong?

Award-winning playwright, Marcel Dorney re-works Brecht’s classic tale of justice for a young audience.

Two actors walk on stage after watching a professional production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The pair begin to discuss the story they have just seen and soon become embroiled in their own retelling of Grusha Vashnadze’s journey, sharing with the audience her fight to save and raise an abandoned child.

An Experiment with The Caucasian Chalk Circle deconstructs this famous play, while simultaneously discussing Brechtian techniques and philosophies with the audience. Filled with contemporary references, this is a clever, funny reworking of Brecht’s story about love, war, destruction and justice as seen through the eyes of two young people.


This show is like no other performance you or your students have experienced. Backbone’s production is, as well as being an outstanding performance by two versatile young actors, a thorough theoretical and emotional exploration, analysis and summation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, its themes and its characters. … Trust me. This is the best buy-in for Senior Drama I’ve ever seen.” – XS Entertainment

Bookings via Queensland Music Festival –  07 3010 6600 or https://qmf.org.au/whats-on/an-experiment-with-caucasian-chalk-circle/