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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Les Amis de Tourinnes
10/11/2018 from 18:30until 10/11/2018 - 18:30
10 Nov

Les Fêtes de la Saint Martin Tourinnes-la-Grosse

 There is something unique at the Fêtes de la Saint Martin of Tourinnes-la-Grosse: the amazing performances that attract and unite all the villagers for months.

This year, come and enjoy an original rendering of  “ The Caucasian Chalk Circle", the parable by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht, adapted and directed by Jean-Marc Delhausse and Muriel Clairembourg, with music produced by Paul Dessau.

The play is performed in the ancient roman church of the village, l'Eglise Saint Martin, with more than 150 actors, singers and musicians. They all are amateur performers directed by professionals. 

The costumes are awe-inspiring, considering they have all been handmade.  2000 hours of needling work were put in by the wonderful Nadia Vermeulen from the "Passeurs de Rêves Cie" and the seamstresses of the “Atelier Clandestin de Couture Théâtrale” of Tourinnes. 

The Plot

Brecht’s play is set within the context of a territorial dispute, being claimed by two entities in the Soviet Union after World War II. The main intrigue within the play revolves around a parable set during a feudal insurrection in the 13th century and concerns the struggle of two women over the custody of a child. The dispute between the governor’s wife, who abandoned the child during the insurrection, and the young servant who saved the child and cared for him is settled by an eccentric judge who places the child in a chalk circle and declares that whichever woman can pull him from the circle will be granted custody.

“When the houses of the great collapse
Many little people are slain.
Those who have no share in the fortunes of the mighty
Often have a share in their misfortunes. The plunging wain
Drags the sweating beasts with it into the abyss.” 
― Bertolt Brecht, 
The Caucasian Chalk Circle


Church Saint-Martin, Place Saint-Martin, 1320 Tourinnes-la-Grosse

Premiere : Saturday 10 November 18:30pm

Fridays 16 & 23 November  20:30pm
Satuedays10, 17 & 24 November  18:30pm
Sundays 11, 18 & 25 November 17:00pm

Price list:

From 10,50 €  to 17,50 €.

-25 :                  -40 %
Groups :            -20% (Min 20 people)

Bookings:  via e-mail à  

                                    Tel. 010 86 64 04