The first chapter of a multi-part dissertation on Bowie, Brecht, and Baal. In this post, we take a closer look at Baal, Brecht's theatrical philosophy, and The Alienation Effect.
Controversial rock star David Bowie takes the title role in a new production of Bertoldt Brecht's first play, an amoral tale interspersed with songs. Being cast as the anarchic singer and poet might seem appropriate for Bowie, whose own public image shares many of the same characteristics. But, as Henry Fenwick discovers, Bowie's own attitude to life is very different from Baal's.