Josie Lawrence may still be best known as an improvisational comedian for TV's Whose Line is it Anyway? and it remains a big part of her professional life, with twice weekly appearances as one of the Comedy Store Players in London whenever she is available. She also has her own all-female comedy troupe called The Glenda J Collective - "after my idol Glenda Jackson", she says.
Mother Courage and her Children
Mother Courage And Her Children is directed by Hannah Chissick, returning to Southwark Playhouse after the success of the musical Side Show, and is produced by Danielle Tarento, whose recent successes at the same venue include the UK premieres of Grey Gardens (with Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell), Titanic, the world premiere of Gods and Monsters and Chekov’s Three Sisters reworked for the 21st century by award-winning playwright Anya Reiss.
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In a land ravaged by war, Mother Courage pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with soldiers and attempting to make profit from the war. Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Mother Courage And Her Children has been described as the greatest anti-war play of all time. It remains a timely exploration of displacement, war weariness and invisible enemies. It mirrored then, as it does now, the growing fear at the ever-advancing threat of terror infiltrating our everyday lives and our desire to protect ourselves and what is ours at any cost.
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Award-winning actress Josie Lawrence is to star as the title role in a new production of Mother Courage and her Children, which will run at Southwark Playhouse. Hannah Chissick will direct the new production of Bertolt Brecht’s play, which has been translated by Angels in America writer Tony Kushner. The play takes place between 1624 and 1636, with one scene representing each of the 12 years. It follows Mother Courage and her three children as she drags them along in a cart containing provisions for sale to soldiers.