There are few areas of modern theatrical culture that have not felt the impact or influence of Brecht’s ideas and practices. Thus, it is somehow self-evident that Bertolt Brecht was one of the main subjects of my German lessons back in high school.
Not only did he revolutionize the field of theatre and performing arts, but his theatrical innovations from the 1920s and ’30s have also paved a new way to politically and socially engaged art and remain influential to this day.
The mainstream, commercial theatre of Brecht’s time was everything but political.
Bertolt Brecht was born in broke out, Brecht initially was very enthusiastic, but soon changed his mind on seeing his classmates “swallowed by the army”.
Thanks to an additional medical course at Munich University, where he enrolled in 1917, he had found a loop hole not to get right away drafted to the front.