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Martin Banks : Brecht Poetry & Exhibition -
The Acorn, Parade Street, Penzance, TR18 4BU
Date: Thursday 26th July 2012
“The very simplest words must be enough.”
A programme of Brecht’s poetry and prose which illustrates and illuminates the turbulent times in which he lived.
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is largely known in the UK as a great European twentieth century playwright, theatre theoretician and practitioner. His influence on the British Theatre has been immense.
He was also, however, a prolific poet and writer. His stories and poems are less well known in the UK and this programme seeks to introduce the audience to these works.
Martin Banks's presentation consists of two parts: a performance of Brecht's poetry and prose (the performance itself is divided into two halves, with a 15-minute interval), and an Exhibition which chronicles much of the work and the life and times of Brecht.
The Exhibition is unique. It was presented to Martin Banks by Dr Werner Hecht of The Brecht Centre and The Berliner Ensemble, at The International Brecht Symposium held in Berlin, 1988. Martin was the British delegate to the Symposium.
Martin Banks trained at The New College of Speech and Drama and then took a Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies at Warwick University.
Formerly a professional actor, director, administrator, lecturer and examiner, Martin has also been a committee member of regional arts boards in both drama and film.
He has worked at the Brecht Centre and The Berliner Ensemble and administered European tours by The Berliner Ensemble and Brecht Centre. Martin has organized several UK Arts Festivals dedicated to the work of Brecht and The Berliner Ensemble. He has also directed projects in the Czech Republic.
Now retired and living in Penwith, Martin continues to work on theatre and arts projects.
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