Georgian Showcase Program

Program type: Georgian ShowCase Program
Beginning at: 20:00 - Tuesday, 25 September
Location: Tumanishvili Film Actors’ Studio Theatre
Berthold Brecht

Mother Courage and Her Children

Director: George Sikharulidze
Scenography By: Teo Kukhianidze
Choreography by: Tiko Qoiava
Composer,Musical adaptation by: Head of Music Band  - Giorgi Khositashvili
Assistant to director: Ela Kazariani


The Cast:
Nineli Chankvetadze, Zaza Mikashavidze, Paata Baratashvili, Makho Abuladze, Guga Kakhiani, Gia Abesalashvili, Beka Jumutia, Temo Gvalia, Eka Andronikashvili, Ana-Maria Gurgenishvili, Gagi Shengelia, Ilia Cheishvili. Irakli Kereselidze

Also: Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University’s  students



Mother Courage and her Children’  play, depicting how dangerous could be to  let loose  “the dogs of War’.  Bertolt Brecht  in play puts a spotlight on large-scale politics, touching something universal and looks at a war ( evil!)  from the angle of a human being, whose  life is radically different during a  civil  ( or any!) war, full of unpredictable moments, acts of heroism and senseless deaths. In the newest history, our country learned it by experience.

Mother Courage, protagonist, indomitable survivor, tries to cut a pass through the jungle of war, often escaping all rigid formulations of social and political significance. Mother, always full of a flavor of bitterness, is never hopeless.  It is interesting way of thinking about War.

Brecht’s Epic Theatre, epic drama is designed as series of incidents, simply, clearly presented, using Alienation Effect.

We, relying upon Brecht, his method and Effect, hope, that audience will get a taste of the action, as far as Theatre is a place, where actors are sharing with unique and unrepeatable experience of live performance. Visit our ‘war museum’


Premiere will be held in the frames of Georgian Showcase 2018!
Duration: 55 minutes,  without  intermission
The tour group: 25 persons


The Film Actors Theatre was ceremoniously opened in 1978 year on 14 th of January, on the day traditionally celebrated as the Day of Georgia Theatre. This event was a truly significant  moment in history of Georgia theatre and a memorable millstone as the great Georgian theatre director of our times Michael Tumanishvili welcomed   the  audience into his own theatre, where the permanent troupe was comprised of his students and the experimental group of directors and actors, These were aspiring, highly talented young people fanatically  in love with theatre, sometimes even referred as ‘ soloists  of orchestra’ or as  Tumanishvili’s ‘chamber ensemble” teamed up tied together at the time  when the outstanding director left the Rustaveli Theatre.

Officially called as the Theatre Workshop of the Georgian Film Studio the ensemble bad its manifesto and rituals. Central here was the  studio work, psycho – physical training and improvisation. ‘Improvise, exercise on episode, and  then develop it… motion, motion and motion is our main task" – used to say maestro. And so the actors came to a beautiful stage as if they were mounting the scaffold “to be burnt in ashes” totally  enchanting audience by the theatrical sensation they watched in a cozy little space.

Michael Tumanishvili aestheties, his innovative approach formed in the 1950s when he worked in Rustaveli Theatre. “We were the bridge which ensured that the romantic, declamatory and rhetorical theatre of pathos… We came to bring along change," Tumanishvili, the reformer wrote in one of his books.

The production of the Film Actors Theatre have proved highly successful at various reputable festivals in Europe, Americas and Australia.

The former students of the great director  are still loyal to the theatre, now joined by a younger  generation. Much is done to preserve the best practices of the well-established theatre -  new performances are produced regularly, interesting discussions are held and numerous projects  are fulfilled within the walls still keeping rich traditions.

Moreove, the theatre invariably welcomes young talented actors and directors, who can benefit from the resources and support given to them so they can put their ideas to life.

"The language of the theatre has become more complex. New means, solutions, techniques and forms are needed. Anyone, especially the  young, should be given the opportunity to courageously take the hard road of experimenting. We need to forever remember Stanislavski’s words that eternal Art is an endless road which requires renovating every 15 or so years: / Michael Tumanishvili/


Theatre art director: George Sikharulidze
Contact  Person: Zurab Getsadze
Tel:032 2996171 (+995)  595 424261
fax: +995 32 235 01 94
E-mail :

Giorgi Sikharulidze

Director/Teacher / The Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University /

Art Director / Tumanishvili Film Actors Theater /

He has directed  more than 50 performances in different cities and Theaters of Georgia. Important performances: The "Provincial Story" / Havre, France, World Playwrights’ Festival; "Mariana Pineda" / Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre; "Anna Karenina" / Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre; "Christmas tomorrow" / theater of changes; "People of Yesterday" / Meskhishvili Theater; "Edith Piaf" / Joint project of Batumi Theater and Meskhishvili Theater / "Revisor" / Meskhishvili Theater
He Filmed "The Cotton Paradise". By him has performed musically up to 20 performances;   Also he made up to 20 jubilee evenings.


Prize of Theater Union (Georgia)  for best directing "Edith Piaf"

Kote Meskhishvili Award for performance Ana Karenina

Sandro Akhmeteli Award