Fear and Misery of the Third Reich is one of Brecht’s most openly anti-Nazi plays, amazingly first performed in 1938. It consists of 24 small playlets that together paint a picture of what life was like in ordinary German households while the Nazis were in power. Hint: the clue’s in the title.
Performed by the Questors Student Group in the Ealing theatre’s smaller studio space, the production was a powerful one with strong performances. It lacked the continued interest and tension that an ordinary full-length play would have had, but it did convey the stress, worry and fear felt by ordinary people and it gave a sense of what life would have been like during the period.